Saari

I replaced her with Saari, a 32ft pilot cutter, designed and built by the great Colin Archer for a Finnish pilot. Ros and I set off for Brazil in her in 1975. We lived on board her for five years and I couldn’t stand up…

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Marishka

Marishka became part of our family for just a couple of years whilst I was teaching at the National Sailing Centre in Cowes, but she wasn’t big enough for my plan to follow the Viking route, so we looked around and found Hirta.

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Hirta

Hirta on her sea trials in 1911 Hirta, a 35ton pilot cutter, was built in 1911. She stars in my book ‘Topsail and Battleaxe’ and was part of a major BBC1 television series. She was built for Pilot Morrice in Polruan at Slade’s Yard (now Tom’s)…

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Westernman

You’d be forgiven for thinking Westernman an old boat when you look at this photo. Hirta was replaced by Westernman, built in North America (1997) to a design drawn up by my friend Nigel Irens. Nigel is best known for his world-beating fast multihulls, but…

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Constance

We bought Constance in Florida after selling Westernman. She's a classic Mason 44 design and is our first fibreglass yacht. Here’s a few photos of her. I'll be updating them soon, but these will go for now. Above was taken on the Swedish east coast…

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