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Classic Boat July 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the ‘sport’ of sailing returns

Sailing, along with golf and angling, was among the first sports to come out of complete lockdown. The description of sailing as a sport has always made me laugh. Gybing a foiling Moth or bellowing for water at the top mark in a race, count as sport. Of course they do. But making tea for the helmsman? Or sitting on a coaming, bare feet on the tiller, while someone asks you whether you want the tuna mayo or the egg sandwich (the BLTs all having been eaten)? What about the sleeping bit?! For the cruising sailor, many of whom will find the term ‘sport’ unseemly anyway (but who will be too timid to call it an ‘art’ or a ‘lifestyle’), what is sailing? The word ‘hobby’ sounds a bit frumpy…

12 min.
renaissance of a masterpiece

Amazing! Fantastic! Phenomenal! People seem to use up all the superlatives trying to describe even the most recent achievements of the ketch Sumurun. When she was originally launched from Fairlie back in 1914, the press noted that “her forward overhang is unusually long for a cruising yacht, and this, with her sharply defined bow section, gives the impression she will take the sea well”. They were certainly proved right. Fife chose a somewhat traditional combination of English oak frames and planking of east Indian teak; she was designed as a gaff yawl but is now ketch-rigged. After a long and hugely varied succession of owners, she has belonged to classic sailing enthusiast Alain Moatti since October 2017. Her recent meticulous and comprehensive restoration in the expert hands of Breton shipyard Chantier…

2 min.
launch of a carriacou cargo boat

Vessels have been built on the shores of Watering Bay, on the isle of Carriacou in the Grenadines, since Scottish mariners landed there with tools and talent. They vary in size and purpose, yet each holds centuries of tradition – and that tradition is always celebrated island-style on the day it hits the water for the first time. In late February, Nero McLawrence announced: “We launchin’ afta carneeval,” setting off a frenzy of last-minute work needed to move his 67ft (20.4m) cargo boat into the sea. A rudder was built, some planks swapped out, and caulking and faring were completed. On the eve of the big day, men readied lines, rollers appeared and the final paint was applied. The logistics of moving 28 tonnes of wood and fastenings without a travel…

11 min.
afloat again after lifting of restrictions

Sailing was among the first activities to return in May after almost six weeks of lockdown, and amid growing concern for the wellbeing of many wooden boats still on the hard in the unusually hot weather. The RYA said that maintenance and checking of boats had become “critical" for owners and warned there were also potential insurance issues, while chairman of the Guernsey Boat Owners Association Nick Guillemette said: “With the weather having been good over the spring, a lot of old wooden boats have opened up in the sun and it won’t be doing them any good.” Guernsey led the way out of lockdown, after a Notice to Mariners on 2 May gave owners on the island permission to sail for two hours a day as part of their allotted daily…

2 min.

How long has G&B been going? Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin started the boatyard in 1980. How many of you are there at the yard these days (full time)? Before the Covid 19, G&B employed about 18 people. How have you managed to stay so rigorous to your ideals (old-school wood build) through difficult financial times? Although we are not resistant to new ideas, traditional wooden boatbuilding is pretty well defined from centuries of practice so we try not to reinvent the wheel that works. Occasionally, we’ve had to turn down projects because the client insisted on cold moulding or other techniques that we don’t enjoy and are not very good at. Do you prefer doing restorations or new builds (in general)? Restorations and new design and construction are both appealing to us. What would be your dream…

11 min.
set for another century

It was in the early part of the 19th century that Falmouth quay punts began to transport supplies, messages and crew to ships visiting the port of Falmouth, as well as providing pilotage. They would race out to sea in all weathers to ‘seek’ incoming ships and offer their services. A characteristic of the quay punts was a main mast short enough to clear the lowest yardarm of a heavily laden ship, and so the mainsail was gaff with no topsail. With their mizzen masts stepped immediately forward of their transom-hung rudders, by definition they are ketches, but their small bermudan mizzen sails sheeted to a bumkin give them the appearance of yawls, and they have always been referred to as such. They were typically three-quarter decked for ease of…