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Puffin update

So the old Stuart sole 8hp engine has been donated to NARPO a charity in Plymouth that teaches disadvantaged young people marine engineering. In return they are going to do some stainless steel rudder pintle work for me.

Need to start saving for a new/used engine....Beta or Nanni 10hp?

Next job is to turn the boat upside down and re shoe it ( stainless keel and bilge bands to protect her from the beach) Then stripping varnish and paint using all the advice on this site.

Weather here in devon has been awful.

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Rudder for Puffin

So this is the original rudder. The boats are launched stern first down the the steep beach and the rudder is fitted once afloat hence the long lower pintle to help locate above the waterline. This can be quite difficult in anything other than a calm sea!

The rudder is also really heavy. I have been thinking about a replacement which is lighter with the ability to be raised on the pintles for launching and recovery. The bottom pintle is 18inches long and I was thinking if the top rudder pintle was longer it could be raised and locked into place with a simple system on the rear deck?

Any suggestions.…

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Beer Lugger "Puffin"


So this is my Beer lugger just before I start renovation.

She was built in the 1980s in Saeto about two miles from Beer where I live.

Built by "Mears Boatbuilders" which are still going strong and still building wooden Luggers.

The Lugger bit refers to the type of sail that these boats once had when used for fishing, in fact there are several Luggers that sail/race every week in the summer from beer beach. Up until two years ago Puffin was part of the fleet.

She is 16ft x 7ft English Elm over English Oak designed for being winched up the beach day after day.


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2 old gals

Hello Members, Just a quick introduction.

I am now in my mid 50's and other than a Hobie 16 and an 18' Formula deep vee I have no boat experience, however in the last year I have become the proud owner of 2 large veteran wooden boats.

Maralia (MissM) was built by Taylor Bates, and launched early 1927, she is 45', 1" Teak on closely spaced bent oak frames, love at first sight.

The other is Glala, (Doris) built 1915 by AR Luke, also teak planked(2") she is a little longer at 78' and a Dunkirk little ship.

Needless to say it has been a steep learning curve so far but a very enjoyable experience, but reality being what it is I have also learned that I will have to let one go.

More on my boats later but if anyone is interested in a truly classic well built 45' Gentlemens yacht please get in touch.

As soon as I figure out the picture upload procedure I will add pictures of both boats.

Cheers for now and I look forward to discussion…

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my current boat build

Dear Members,

My current boat build is to be named the Pamela Marie after my wife, and is a 22 foot SeaHawk designed by William Jackson in 1960 and published in Science and Mechanics magazine.

This plan is listed on the DIY website and elsewhere.

The build has been interesting and time consuming but has proven to be very gratifying so far.

I started building in June2017 and thus far have the frame completed and the bottom on.

Further building will have to wait until spring as the temperature here in New Jersey is too cold to cure the epoxy presently.


David Tanner

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"CLASS of 66"

Having recently purchased a 28 ft, 1966 Trojan Express "woodie", with a lapstrake planked hull and teak deck, I am looking forward to lazy cruises on the Columbia and Willamette rivers this summer while getting acquainted with her. 

The original "318" engine has been replaced with a 270 Crusader w/velvet drive transmission, providing ample power and soft shifts.…

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The Restoration of 'Mignonne'.

The photograph below only shows some of the damage that I needed to repair.

So why did I take her on?

First, I must admit that there was a certain amount of gut instinct involved, there was just something about the shape of her hull that appealed to me.

However, Mignonne also had the potential to fulfill my requirements and she was cheap.

I wanted a sailing cruiser, one which would be easily handled by an aging single hander.

As I was looking to my future plans to go off cruising on a long-term basis when I reach retiring age.

So a long keel, not too big, comfortable both for living as well as for being reasonably stiff and good load carrying ability.

Speed was not a priority however, looks were.

The beauty of buying a restoration project was that…

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