Yard News

Yard News

SOLENT

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.

Pilgrimfurther progress

Restoration of the 1985 Brixham trawler Pilgrim, supported by a ?950k Heritage Lottery Fund award (YN, CB260) is well under way at Butler&Co. The whole of the centreline has been replaced, as well as the frames and about half the planking.

first job was to stabilize the structure in dry dock, as she was going out of shape at the turn of the bilge,”says Ashley Butler. the hull was properly supported, we could cut out the stem and keel, and start rebuilding from the bottom upwards. It was like taking the bottom 3ft out of a church! The biggest head-scratcher was the counter stern, which had been altered. Werebuilt it as we think it used to be, but slightly more complex to prevent it drooping in the future.”

Pilgrim is thought to be the oldest of the four surviving Brixham trawlers.