Spotted by friend Malcolm on the pontoon at Cowes, I always thought this type of boat was called a Baby Bootlegger
Judging by my internet search there are a lot of replicas around 30 feet. The original Baby Bootlegger was designed in 1924 by George Crouch and was a Gold Cup winner.
I presume this is a replica and apologies to the owner if it isn't, either way it's magnificent and immaculate. Plans are available so if you fancy building one and just happen to have a stock of mature mahogany safely stashed away
Ex Morning Cloud. It's an appropriate name considering Ted Heath spent six of his ten years as leader of the conservative party in opposition.
Those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's probably remember Mike Yarwood doing an impersonation, singing Life on the Ocean Wave, filmed allegedly under the dispatch box in the House of Commons , where all you could see were his sea boots and an anchor, as the then prime minister locked horns with Harold Wilson.
A boat from a different time, the three day week, regular blackouts and power cuts, disruptive industrial action across the country. Giles the political cartoonist who's often featured sailing perhaps caught the mood in 1974 with a picture from the London boat show where an obviously wealth woman asked the yacht salesman "have they taxed the wind yet"
Very typical racing yacht of its day, built by local craftsmen in wood as a one off with an enviable list of wins, great so see such a historic yacht being looked after.
I've seen this restored Louie Wills 28ft (8.5m) Falmouth Quay Punt , built by WE Thomas in 1900, around the west country several times, having read about her restoration by John Fuge at Golant in Classic Boat years ago, but never before managed to get very close or take a good photo.
Here she is on her mooring upriver across from the village of Golant, viewed from the garden of the Fisherman's Arms.
Note the Fisherman's Arms is a welcome rest stop after walking up the lovely but hilly paths from Fowey.
I picked up a copy of this delightful account of the Isle of Wight written based on the authors experiences in the 1950's and very early 1960's.
The reason I was so interested, was my Mum took me to the Isle of Wight in, I guess 1962 or 63.
I actually remember getting off the paddle wheel steamer at Ryde pier looking nervously down at the water, before getting aboard the local train which took us to Sandown, where we were staying. Exactly as the picture above. We had traveled down from London Waterloo on an express steam train, this local one was so different, slow and stopped at lots of rural halts, as it was in the days before the Beecham closures.
Cowes week 1960's, actually not that much different, these days, certainly more crowds and a lot more lycra. Still a few black tie outfits and blazers to be seen today, and plenty of folk in jeans and blue jerseys.
Totally disappeared, about the only hint of ship building on the Medina these days is the Hammerhead crane in West Cowes.
Yarmouth harboour looking very familiar, if much less crowded that it is today.
Sailing off the needles, I'm guessing not a race as they are flying their ensign. Lovely boat.
Had a quick look through this history of Hamble recently, which was in the in the cafe bookcase. It has some really good, old photos of the village,river and local characters from he past 100 years or so.
I've written about Wonder the Dan Hatcher built Itchen Ferry, one of a very few still in existence. Last heard she had another major restoration including fitting of an engine if I recall correctly and was in the Medway.
So it was a bit of a surprise to her on a mooring in Fowey recently.
I was having a kayak around the harbour on a grey day checking out boats when I saw an interesting day boat, it wasn't until I paddled around the stern that I realised it was Wonder.
It was great to see her in such good condition, if not in her local waters of the Solent.
Apologies for the poor images, I was a bit unprepared and had stuffed the my camera in the sleeve pocket of my new waterproof , clearly getting my wet fingers on the lens.
Fond memories calking her seams and then pumping her out daily for a couple of weeks while she "took up" all those years ago.
Built by Berthon in 1923, previously named Dart and Hauhine, she had a major restoration in 1998/9, she's had an exciting and active career since, with entries in RIOW, The British Classic Yacht Club Regatta, the Regates Royales in Cannes and Voiles de Saint Tropez.
It's always difficult trying to take photos in a boatyard, but I was passing and wanted to have a look.