Friday 8 December 2023


 I stopped for a chat with the owner of this Seagull pocket cruiser and little sister ship to the Seamew.

The Bell Woodworking Company had been producing DIY kits for the GP14 and asked Ian Proctor to design a small sailing cruiser which would be suitable amateur building and for both coastal and inland waters.

One of the aspects that stood the Seagull apart from the many contemporary  plywood designs was performance, which despite her 18 foot LoA was fast and could stand sail up to 30 knots.

The owner pictured here has had her for many years and has made some remarkable extended voyages, he's considering putting her up for sale but when you have a boat that does things so well it's going to be difficult to find a successor.

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