Restoring Swedish Salana on Syros

Restoring Swedish Salana on Syros

Of course when I saw Salana for the first time, it was love at first sight. She was lying at a little fishing port in Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia in the Ionian sea. She had just sunk and had been under water for a few hours, because water had got in through a hull valve that had been left open.

Struck by her beautiful lines, I decided to buy her, and slowly try to bring her back to good condition. She was built in Osthammar, Sweden, in 1953 and designed by Erik Salander. I was given the original design of the boat (No 293) with his signature.

As I was sitting in my new toy, things started to look more serious than I had first thought. I started calling sailor friends, and all of them told me that I was in big trouble.

I must admit that I got a bit scared until one friend introduced me to a young shipwright named Fondas Tazes, who lived and worked on the island of Syros. Read more »

Traditional Tool


The Jointer

Just as wood and metal have made a variety of boats serving diverse purposes, the same is true of planes, from the skiff-like spokeshave to this —the mighty jointer, the Thames barge of the shipwrighttool chest.


If during a long cut the path of the ripsaw has wandered, this is the tool that will make a millpond of the boardresulting swell, leaving it smooth, square and —most significantly —straight.

Whereas the coffin smoother, seen in the background, will smooth a rough surface, it will not iron out the unevenness along the length. By contrast this early-20th-century jointer by John Moseley & Son will level the board before smoothing it. Read more »

Well at least it doesn’t leak

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Adrian agonises over buying a useless tiling that is not a boat

I use bought a picture that cost as much as a boat; more, in tact. It depicts what the artist cans a ’. I reckon ita short shift, what Burns called a sark’in his narrative poem Tam o’Shanter, but there is nothing nautical about it. Just a flying shirt really.

There is a Folkboat for sale in an Essex boatyard for ?4,950 and from the particulars I gather she is pretty much ready for sea. Very tidy and about the same price as our picture, except that our picture will not float. As a boat, therefore, our picture would be regarded by serious sailors as worse than useless. It is so big you could not even fit it inside a Folkboat, or a superyacht for that matter. Read more »

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Yard News

Yard News


Flying a Kite

One of the new boats on this summerSolent Raid was this trim 21ft (6.4m) Kite, a joint project between Andrew Wolstenholme (design) and Colin Henwood (build), ostensibly for their own pleasure.

Shebuilt in ply, weighs a mere 750kg (about half that of the GRP Norfolk Gypsy, also designed by Andrew) all-up with carbon fibre spars, and trails easily behind a family car. a boat for yourself is pretty tricky —you know everybody s watching,”says Andrew, who skippered her on the Raid. In the event she performed ", handling the Solent chop unreefed in a F4-5.

With her two-berth cuddy, plus a long, tentable cockpit, sheclearly a boat with appeal, but this boat s really a prototype and Andrewnow looking for a builder to put her in production. It would probably want to be in GRP, he admits, which would risk losing some of the weight advantage, but it would bring some price and production compensations. Read more »

A special delivery

To get to be the first to sail on a brand-new boat is a privilege. To enjoy her maiden voyage, an even greater joy. Our ride was the Vicem 107, the largest in this companyclassic line. Her name, voted upon by Vicemworkers, is Moni, which in the Laz dialect of Turkey refers to the evil eye, a ubiquitous good-luck emblem in this nation. This shakedown trip, from Marmaris to Bodrum, was designed to wringout Moni as we delivered her to her home port for the season.

The roughly 100-mile journey to Bodrum at 10 knots look about 10 hours to complete. We traveled within the Turkish cellphone coverage area and ducked in toward the coast to pass north of the Greek island of Simi. Sea conditions were smooth, with just a long swell left over from some earlier storms, and Moni handled it well —rising, falling and gently pitching in seakindly fashion. The coast s rocky and steep landscape, scattered with trees and sparse green vegetation, looks barren from the sea.cabin which Read more »



You d have to live under a rock to miss the recent emphasis on .all things local: Local politics, locally grown food, local artisanal wares. Paying attention to what s close to home is all the rage, and since we bring you exotic, far-flung adventures in every issue, we thought why not mix some local expeditions into our Adventure Issue to remind our readers that big surprises can be just around that nearby bend? We asked five frequent Yachting contributors and world voyagers to tell us about the adventures they loved that were not too far from home. Island Time Read more »