Friday 8 June 2012

Emsworth Day Boats

You don't have to travel as far as the west country to see nice day boats, this fine example is moored on the foreshore at Emsworth by the mill pond.

Other than that I don't know much about her, she looks to be gaff or maybe gunter rigged and is well cared for.

For sale, but just too far from the slipway to get a good look, this attractive day sailor looked slightly neglected, but the varnished coamings and presumably chromed brass fitting,s peeking out from under the cover speak of a quality build, hopefully she's still worthy of some tlc and a new owner. If anyone's interested I can just about make out the telephone number when I zoom in.

Descended from the Salcombe Yawl, the GRP Devon Yawl is a long way from home, but popular in the protected waters of Chichester harbour. Last time I was over there Bosham Sailing Club had an active fleet as part of their classic day boat section and I believe West Whittering Sailing Club aslo has a fleet. Ballast and a heavy centre plate contribute to stability and sea keeping as befits a boat which has a history based on the rugged Devon coastline, but make no mistake the Devon Yawl is a performance boat capable of getting up on the plane.

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