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Classic Boat March 2020

Admire the world's most beautiful boats, brought to life through breath-taking photography. Classic Boat offers a unique blend of yacht reviews, seamanship and restoration features, history and design columns, practical advice and coverage of the leading international regattas and events. Whether your interest lies in working on restoration projects or sailing in classic regattas; whether you're a wooden boat owner or simply an admirer of traditional marine workmanship, Classic Boat will have something for you.

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United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
$9.10(Incl. tax)
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the laughter of gulls

It is one of the cherished ‘facts’ of the magazine publishing world that men tend to read magazines backwards. Whether true or not, you might want to on this occasion, to read Dave Selby’s treatise on the Seagull outboard motor. It explains many mysteries, like what 10:1 means (it’s a maintenance hours to usage ratio). But do start at the front of the magazine too, for the story of how one newly-wed couple asked for, and received, a sailing yacht project as a wedding present. Author Nic Compton presents this as a novel idea, but apparently the conventional favourite is even stranger: a speaker in the shape of a dog. Ellen Massey-Leonard, on a cruise through the Sea of Cortez – a place described by Jacques Cousteau as the “world’s…

13 min.
we are family

According to Bride magazine, the top 10 items to put on a wedding list are: cutlery, saucepans, china, champagne, a toaster, bedding, a barbecue, an overseas holiday, a map in the shape of a heart, and a speaker in the shape of a dog. Aaron and Abbie Ashton were having none of this. Their wedding list read: “Let’s buy a boat! We don’t need or wish for lots of ‘stuff’ but as you all know we love the water and feel it is only natural that we should eventually have a boat. So, rather than gifts let’s see what we can achieve to set sail on the seas – will it be a bathtub toy, a dinghy or a yacht? Whatever it is, you will always be welcome aboard! Donate (or…

9 min.
tell tales

OBITUARY John ‘Woody’ Wooderson 11 April 1937 – 4 January 2020 Woody meant so much to so many people. To me, he was the tactician/navigator on Cambria, old school and thoroughly reliable – no fancy electronics, just well prepared with chart, pencil and binoculars in hand. Conversations between captain Chris Barkham and Woody went like this: Woody would mumble: "Chris?" Answer: "Yeah." Woody: "Yes." Chris: "Yeah yeah, no worries; tacking!" In between there was the 'Woody wittering' – endless stories filled with sense, and the all-important nonsense. Whether what he said mattered or didn’t, there was always something about the way he spoke that made it worth listening to – the sheer joy of listening to his voice. Woody raced with the best of the best: top-tier Flying Dutchman in the Sixties; Admirals Cup; Transat;…

8 min.
the return of the western skiff

It was a cold winter’s morning when Alec Jordan delivered the Western Skiff kit to Jeremy Butler’s house overlooking the River Dart in January 2018. It was, in its way, an historic moment, for this was the first Western Skiff to be built from a kit for 20 years. For two decades, the boat had been unavailable in any form – apart from a few bootleg copies scaled up from a paper model from the 1990s – and repeated requests for “drawings, plans, anything!” were to no avail. Now, not only is the boat available in kit form, but building plans are available to download free of charge for the more intrepid builder. It’s been a long time coming, but the Western Skiff is back. When Nigel Irens designed the 14ft…

2 min.

BONHAMS Rare Shackleton photo prints In 1915, as Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance was disintegrating in Antarctic ice, intrepid Australian photographer Frank Hurley spent three days in sub-zero temperatures recording the death throes of the expedition ship that was their home and hope of salvation. The remarkable survival story that followed is part of the lore of Antarctic exploration, but perhaps nearly as incredible is the survival of Hurley’s delicate glass-plate negatives which are part of the iconography of the heroic age of polar exploration. As the Endurance foundered, Hurley and Shackleton painstakingly selected 120 plates to preserve, consigning the remaining 400 to the ice. In the voyage to Elephant Island aboard three lifeboats, Shackleton gave his mittens to Hurley so that he may continue his work, and Shackleton suffered severe frostbite as a result.…

2 min.
objects of desire

ANTIQUE THREE-DRAW MARINE TELESCOPE It would take a skipper with more insouciant swagger than we could muster to whip out an antique telescope when sweeping the horizon for that elusive pick-up buoy. But we’d love to have one to fiddle with on the desk, or perhaps to aim at the bustling thoroughfare beyond our office window for picking out any passing points of interest. This example is a mid-19th century three-draw marine telescope made by JP Cutts and offered by Scientific Collectables. It measures 8in (20cm) closed, extending to 23in (58cm), and has a 40mm objective lens with 15x magnification. Described as in excellent condition with original baleen cover, sharp optics and a smooth but firm draw, it could be on your desk for £240. scientificcollectables.com SO, YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BUILD YOURSELF A BOAT If…