Friday 30 October 2020

Classics in Lymington

A case of little and large, I probably should know what this fantastic yacht moored at Berthon's is but will use the excuse of the cover. Whatever she is simply fantastic and wonderful that there are people with enough money to own and maintain her, can you imagine how much effort and varnish alone goes into a boat like this every year.


Somewhat more modest but lovely classic lines none the less, I may be biased but I had a yacht with a blue mast and thought it looked really cool.

Classic elegance and varnished topsides from the pen or Mr Westmacott, lovely example of an XOD.

Monday 26 October 2020


Nice gaffer being prepped up and looking very smart, that colour scheme really works well.


Friday 23 October 2020

Wide berth

 It used to be that catamarans took up two marina spaces



Monday 19 October 2020

Burseldon Regatta - memories of past years

The 2020 Bursledon regatta was cancelled due to COVID but the committee have put up a great collection of photographs from past years.

Above one of my own pics, the replica man of war was built for the 2005 celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar, when about 25 local dinghies dressed up in various ways to look like warships. The battle was re-enacted using water pistols and buckets of water instead of cannon.

Friday 16 October 2020

Hamble Wildlife

 These ducks were just making their way from what I presume was their night time resting spot to the water as I drifted past. They didn't seem too disturbed by my filming them. 


Monday 12 October 2020

Dried out

 A couple of day boats dried out at low water.

Llong Taid is a double ender, other than that I really can'y guess what the design is, she looks to be plywood judging by the flat planking and the hard chine. She looks very well finished and kept.

More familiar a Devon Yawl, there's quite a few in Chichester harbor and for good reason it's a good boat for those waters.

Both boats seemed to suit their surroundings very well.

Friday 9 October 2020


The building plate reads Fife, but it's a long way from home moored in Keyhaven where I've seen it doing out and and about on the water.


It's certainly makes a lovely harbour launch and day boat for the western solent, I can imagine a leisurely trip over to Yarmouth for lunch or a picnic in Alum bay.


Monday 5 October 2020

Emsworth Models

 I took a Friday off work recently and went over to Emsworth with Mrs BB. some local model boaters were sailing their craft out on the mill pond by the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club.

Nice racing yacht, we've seen several like this racing on winter Sunday mornings

I can't decide is this is some sort of tug or working auxiliary vessel or a fishing vessel, the flat section bow is unusual.

Classic varnished wooden sports boat, would like the real thing.

 Another working vessel underway.

They all seemed to be retired, seemed a nice way to spend a pleasant autumn morning.

Friday 2 October 2020

Interesting motor boat

 Spotted on the hard in a local marina, the design appears to have a wave piercing and high efficiency hull form.

Those bow sections are reminiscent of early 20th century craft.

At the stern the V hull doesn't extend to full beam, presumably the horizontal hull flats add stability when at rest and assist planning when at speed.


Interesting boat and certainly a departure from the  ubiquitous ribs.