Friday, 17 August 2012

Small Yachts

The harbour at Hill Head is small and dries so not surprisingly it is home to more than a few small boats which can take the ground twice a day. On a blustery weekend (seems like every weekend for most of this season) we went for a walk around took at look at some of the small yachts.


One of my favourites (above) a Devon Yawl a GRP boat based on the Salcombe yawl from south Devon.


I think this is a Hurley 22 a remarkable little boat first introduced in the early 60's. They did well in the JOG racing and even won in the round the Island race in 1967. A very capable yacht designed by Ian Anderson these small cruisers have been sailed across the Atlantic.


All together more modern, the Huzar 21 is described as a small trailable cruising yacht with a swing keel, packed with a lot of features, facilitating both on-board living and excellent performance.


Beneteau First 21- what can I say, if and when the weather improves we might get around to sailing ours!


Sea Witch 19 a bilge keeler from the 1960's and 70's, I can remember many years ago squeezing into the Robert Tucker Caprice that we then owned, our neighbour owned a Sea Witch and I was envious of the space and accommodation. Another small but capable cruiser, there's a good account of a 2010 cruise from the East coast down to Cornwall in the sea witch Ladybird on Bill's Log.


Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this is an E Boat Offshore One Design, a light displacement IOR mini-ton keel-boat with a lifting cast iron keel, designed in 1974 by Julian Everitt. Despite the limited head room i've always liked these boats and on a couple of occasions nearly bought one. This example is called Exocet.


The Red Fox is an innovative design by David Thomas which has twin lee boats, the 200S is a later and more modern version with twin rudders and a revised deck/cockpit layout. The design achieved shoal draft and ease of launching and recovery from a trailer without the intrusion if a keel box and centre board.

There's a lot to be said for small boats like these, cheap to buy and maintain, very capable in thin water and offshore - a lot of fun to be had for those of us with busy lives and limited time to go sailing.

23 comments:

  1. I was looking for boats and yachts.Thanks for sharing your blog.I like the small boats as they are cheap and easy to maintain.

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  2. Definitely an e boat - there's two or three of them at the club - very characterful/meaningful looking boat - they just look slippy and fast...... One of the club boats recently parted a mooring and unfortunately had to be written off, it was only afterwards that we found out that she'd originally been owned by Dylan "Keep Turning Left" Winter ...

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  3. Max,

    Thanks for the link to my Blog. Hope you manage to get out on the water during this fine weather.

    Cheers,
    Bill.

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