Thursday, 3 December 2009


On the way to the pub I passed fellow blogger Ed Hughes Silhouette -Misty hauled out for the winter, and looking very smart she is too.

Designed in 1953, by Robert Tucker the Silhouette was a small sailing cruiser especially for the amateur builder. She was 16ft 6ins LOA, 12ft 6ins LWL and 6ft 3ins beam with a draft of 1ft. The sail area was 115sq ft with a gunter lug, or 99sq ft with a bermudan rig. All the materials could be bought for £100. The first is believed to have been launched on the Medway- SI/1 Blue Boy

In 1962 moulds were taken off a plywood hull so that Hurleys' a UK builder could start production in the the then relatively new fibreglass. Various modifications went into versions Mk III, IV and V up to 1972, when Hurley ceased to trade. The moulds then passed around the industry until the mid 1980's

Ed's Misty is a Mk III and his blog covers restoration and sailing adventures in this tough little boat.

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