Monday 12 March 2018

Birdham gaffers

I always like to cycle through Bridham Pool boat yard in Chichester harbour as there are inevitable a few interesting boats around or even for sale.

Calumet if one such example, designed and built by McMillan Yachts in the 1990's she has undergone an extensive restoration by Tim Gilmore's Dolphin Quay Boatyard and is looking fantastic.

On the same pontoon is the curiously named Black Lady, a well known classic 1948 gaff rig cutter, built by Birdham Shipyard of pitch pine on oak frames below water, mahogany above water. Despite the name she looks fine with blue topsides.

OK not a gaffer but an interesting classic from Malden on the east coast and up for sale.

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