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Caledonian Yawl

One of Iain Oughtred's, this one built by Frank Schofield.  Like many of Iain's boats, it is a capable, modern version of a traditional type.  We have helped fit out about 5 of these, usually for home builders.

For details of the plan and hardware lists click here

Photo: Nikos

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Phil Swift's first boat, a good sturdy piece of kit in the workboat style.  We have provided a parts for some of these; most are fitted out very simply, with the exception of one in Holland, where the owner decided to substitute the rig for a gunter sloop with all bronze fittings.  It just shows how versatile these boats can be.

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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Phil's next boat, very much in the same style as the Farthing, but larger.  He then skipped the threepenny bit and the sixpence to produce the Shilling!

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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Kevin Halcrow's - Lakeland Wooden Boats - first boat, taking the professional boatbuilders prize at the 1995 Greenwich Wooden Boat Show.  During the show he was approached by a man showing interest in the boat.

"Did you design this?" asked the man.  "No, it is by a bloke called John Leather, who designed it in the 50's", said Kevin.  "That's right" said John Leather.

It is the same design as the glass fibre versions made by the Norfolk Boatyard.  We did the fittings for both Kevin's, and the most recent 60 or so Norfolk boats.

Photo: Nikos

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This is the glassfibre boat that snuck into the Wooden Boat Show, which gives some idea of the quality.  Built by Roger Wilkinson, who keeps appearing at the Beale Park shows with his battleship - a 25ft long King George V class - and submarine, both complete with pyrotechnics

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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Ness Yawl

Iain Oughtred's lightweight flyer, a real development of traditional types using modern techniques and materials.  We kitted out the prototype, also built by Iain, and about 8 more since then. For details of the plan and hardware lists click here

Photo: Kathy Mansfield

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North Quay 17

Ted Spears designed and builds these pretty 17 footers - there is also a 19 footer of similar ilk.

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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Guillemot (was Ptarmigan)

Another of Iain's.  It is a development of the working boat's boat, and In my view, it is possibly one of his best. That said, they are all pretty good.  I can remember Jack Chippendale commenting on Iain's catalogue, " the snag is you want to build them all!". This example was home built.  Since outfitting the prototype, we have done about 10 more.For details of the plan and hardware lists click here

Photo: Owner

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Having sailed - not very well - an International 10 sq. Metre Sailing Canoe in my youth, I have always had something of a soft spot for this type of craft.  This one was designed and built by a man in the Lake District.  It must be fun to sail on the lakes, where you quite often get hard gusts of wind coming down from the hills!

Photo: Owner

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Based on the lines of a Pilot Cutter's boat, this is a really pretty and fast traditional craft.  Now built in glass fibre by Saltern's boatyard.

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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The smallest - at 11 ft - of the Norfolk Boatyard's offerings.  Designed by Andrew Wolstenholme, it is a good family boat, with a fair turn of speed.  One ended up with an enormous rig - about 250 sq ft - which must have been - er - fascinating.

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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Willy Winship

A William Atkin designed skiff, built by Dick Phillips and Peter Chesworth.  I trailed the boat to Norway for the 1994 Risor Festival, where Peter and I had some fantastic sails before, during and after the show.  Willy certainly nailed many of my own prejudices against flat-bottomed boats; (s)he was great in a seaway.

Photo: Peter Chesworth

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