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Barbell I & II
M S Redman designed two very small cruisers, we might call them micro cruisers, for which he sold plans during the sixties and seventies.  These were the  Barbel 12 and 14 - the 14 was probably the more practical.  The boat  had a beam of 5ft (1.52m), an attractive sheer, and a small cabin which Redman designed to have room for two full length bunks.  Sitting headroom was around 3'4 (1.02m). 

 Several were built at home, usually to the hard chine design.  We lost track of the designer and understand that he passed way during the late seventies or eighties.  We would be fascinated to discover a current owner of one of these charming small cruisers for which Mr Redman was justly renowned. If you have one or or plans or know more about them do please  get in touch with us at

About the Barbel 14.  
LOA 14'0  (4.27m), Beam 5'0 (1.52m) Draught, bilge keels 1'0 (0.30m) 
Sail Area, main 60sq ft  (5.57 sq m) jib 28.25sq ft (2.61sq m),
Ballast 200 lb (91kg) Displacement 530lb (240kg) 
Sailmark - a Barbel as shown.  Whimsically the Barbel II had two barbels (chin whiskers) in the sail mark and of course Barbel I one only.

bell seagull
Bell Seagull and Seamew

The Bell Woodworking Seagull and Seamew are both sloop rigged marine-ply boats designed by Ian Proctor.  The Seagull is regarded by some as a "plywood classic".  Both boats were available as kits from Bell Woodworking, but a handful were also completed by Bell in-house.  There is no official owners association but the webmaster of the owners website will always be pleased to hear from new and existing owners


About the Seagull

LOA 6.70m (22'0) LWL  5.26m (17'3)  Beam 2.06m (6'9)
Draft  keel up
0.43m (1'5)  Draft keeel down 1.12m (3'9)
Sail Area, working
14.8sq m (170 sq ft) Genoa 10.68 sq m (115 sq ft)
Berths 2  Construction
4 plank lapstrake hard chine marine ply

About the Seamew

6.70m (22'0) LWL 6.40m (21'0)  Beam 2.24m (7'4)
Draft keel up
0.53m (1'9) Draft keel down 1.27m (4'2)
Sail area working
18.76 sq m ( 202sq ft) Genoa 12.82 sq m (138 sq ft)
4 Construction 4 plank lapstrake hard-chine marine ply

Photo:  Bell Seagull

Bowman 26

John Lawes tells that the site for  Bowman26 is at 

Anyone with an interest in these fine craft should get in touch with John..  Email John at


Claymore Motor

About the boat:  The following are the basic construction dimensions as listed in the
builders sales brochure.  The boat was offered with either a Sloop rig or a Ketch rig.

About the Claymore

Designer: Alan Hill
Builder: Marine Construction, Ltd. (Marcon), England.
LOA.  30'  (9.23m) Water line.  24' (7.38m)   Beam.  10'  (3.08m) Draft.  4' 1" (1.26M)
Full Keel, 2-1/2 tons ballast  Displacement.  6.3 tons  Thames Tonnage.  11
Designed sail area:
Ketch rig: Main/Mizzen/Genoa, 466 sq. ft. (43.1sq. m.).
Sloop rig: Main/Genoa, 460 sq. ft. (42.6 sq. m.).

Corribee and Coromandel

The first Corribee designed by Robert Tucker appeared in 1965. (I remember drooling over the first boat at the London Boat Show. It looked so much like a small Folkboat. Ed.)  The original wooden design was reproduced in grp by Newbridge Boats of Bridport in the late 60s. 

Our black & white photograph is taken from an early advertisement  placed by Newbridge.  Three marques were available finally - spanning the period late 60s to early eighties. 

Contact the Corribee Association  at the email address above.  Membership costs £10.00 per year which includes a programme of events, a newsletter, access to technical information in the COA manual and contact with other Corribee owners. 

A short history can be found at

About the Corribee
LOA 20'9 (6.32m) . LWL 16'3 (4.95m). Beam  6'9 (2.06m)
Draft Fin  3'0 (0.91m), twin 2'2 (0.67m) Displacement  2000 lbs (907kg)
Sail area  156 sq ft (14.49sq m) (3/4 standard rig)  175sq ft masthead rig. 
Berths 4. Construction clinker, originally in wood and later in grp.
Sail mark Trefoil.

At this time there was a fashion for Junk rigs probably inspired by Haslar's "Jester".  Coromandel was a Corribee under junk rig.




Allen Holland wrote:
The Dauntless Company was started by "Skipper" Clayton on Canvey Island during the early 30s and moved to Welshpool during the war years where they built mostly small craft including sailing dinghies. They also built a range of specialist boats which included children's 'Paddle Boats, many bought by Billy Butlin for his holiday camps.

Dauntless returned to Canvey Island in the latter part of the war where production of the Dauntless sloop started in 1946 with "Ruth".  Incidentally "Ruth",  a MK1 still going strong.  These early boats are recognised by their wider decks.  The Mk11 version introduced in the 50s carried the cabin roof out to the sides.  460 boats of this type were built before the introduction of a Mk1l1 version.  

Designed by Reg Patten, the typical Dauntless sloop is clinker built with broad beam and (usually) a high peak gunter rig using tan sails.  All boats are numbered (look on the sternpost) 

The company was still building skiffs and dinghies until it closed in the early 70s.


Eventide Owners Association and Eventide Owners Group

The Eventide was designed in 1958 by Maurice Griffiths and is still being built. Plans are available. and to date 2300 sail numbers have been allocated of which there are probably 1000 afloat and a few hundred building. . Eventide is as 24 ft single chine cruising yacht regularly amateur built. 

Eventide Owners Association


Eventide Owners Group


Fairey Owners Club see our Motor Boat pages There are separate  associations for Fairey built sailing craft. 


Folkboat - The Folkboat Association of Great Britain

Header Logo

The original wooden Folkboats of the 1950's were stronger in Scandinavia than in Great Britain. Regularly exhibited at the London Boat Show they soon developed a following in the UK.  The Folkboat Association of great Britain was formed in 1961 and today appeals both to cruising and racing owners. Foldboats are available now in glass fibre but retain the the clinker appearance of the originals.  Go here:


Harrison Butler Association

THB at the helmThe HBA was formed in December 1973 as a result of the effort of Ron Goodhand but with several strands coalescing. Full members are owners, joint owners and past owners of HB designed boats Associate Members need only have an interest in THB and various facets of his life.  Briefly our aims are to locate and keep track of HB boats world-wide; to keep in touch with owners; to exchange and provide information about THB, his work, yacht designs and boats built form them.
Two newsletters are provided each year which link the members who are in many countries.  They contain THB's designs,  articles and letters culled from various sources. There are contributions from members and the President's Letter giving latest news,  matters concerning the HBA and miscellaneous items of interest.  The newsletters also contain notices of boats for sale, messages from the Treasurer, Editor and others.

Two meetings are held each year, the AGM at the President's home (usually in late February or early March) preceded by a pub lunch, and the Laying-Up supper in mid to late September or October, held at a near-water venue.
There is no committee, the AGM deals with matters of moment, guests are welcome and may make (useful) suggestions.

More details here:

Click here for more about HBs life, his designs, and useful sources of books and plans.

Hunter & Minstrel Owners Association


Some 110 Libertys (unstayed ketch rig) and 30 Minstrels (gunter sloop) were built between 1981 and 1986.  Many are still in original ownership.  This friendly association was founded 7 years ago, 83 owners are members and we would dearly like to find the unlocated boats (one turned up in Auckland )  Membership is open to owners and anyone seeking to purchase one of these boats

.Associate members need only to have an interest in 
Hurley Owners Association


The Hurley Owners Association is open to owners of any boats designed by Ian Anderson including the 20, 22, 24/70, 27 30/90 and Felicity.  The association has members in the UK (obviously) but also in Europe, North and South America.  It is developing a network of area and specialist class reps so that it can keep owners in touch and provide support services for enquirers. Ian Anderson himself gives us a lot of support

Lymington L Class
These boats were 23'3 overall and 19'6 on the waterline.  They had a beam of 6'10 and a draft of 3'8.  Sloop rigged they displaced 2.7 tons.  The boat is by Laurent Giles designed in 1931 and 18 were built by 1938.  We are indebted to Geoff Douglas for this information.  Geoff has recently acquired L13 originally named Madeline and more recently Syvoma.  Restoration is under way.  (Geoff says that most of the original boats are still around, and we would be interested to hear of an owners association. Ed)

  "Laurent Giles: An Evolution in Yacht Design" 
    by Adrian Lee & Ruby Phillpott,  published by Nautical Books
  "Classic Boat" December 1999



Lysander Owners Association

Web site:

 Lysander was designed in the sixties by Percy Blandford to appeal to the home builder. Of  the many boats built over the last thirty years many are still sailing - and new ones are being built !  The LOA has meetings throughout the year and new members without boats are encouraged to come along - and invariably find themselves sailing.  Meetings are held regularly, typically in the Lake Disrict, in the South West, on the South Coast and on the Norfolk Broads. Currently about 250 members.  LOA publishes a quarterly newsletter which includes a notice board for advertisements - a splendid way of becoming a Lysander owner. Around 1500 boats built from 4000 sets of plans sold.

Subscription is: £12.00 pa.
The boat:  LOA 17ft or 19ft. Beam 6ft 8.  Draft 2ft 3  Sail Area 125 sq ft.

Sailfish 18 Class Association (Also Sandpiper and Seafarer)
Class Secretary:


This is a class association concerned with helping owners to look after enjoying the Sailfish 18, 19, 25 and 565, and also the Sandpiper and Seafarer.  The association aims to help members keep in contact with each other, and assist with advice on maintenance of their boats. It also provides help and information on obtaining spares.  Events are co-ordinated during the early which members can take part and compare experiences. Check out our for sale page if you're looking to purchase a boat or second-hand spares.
The magazine is published each year with articles contributed by members, and there are also Spring and Summer newsletters. There is a
members' only forum where you can get advice from other Sailfish owners. If you are if you have just bought or are thinking of buying a Sailfish, or Sandpiper, sailing boat you should think about joining the Sailfish Association. You get to know more about using and looking after your boat and finding replacement parts you may need. You would join our friendly group of Sailfish owners.



Seadog Owners Association
Secretary:  Peter French
27 Chapel  Road
Sarisbury Green
Hants SO31 7FB
Tel: 01489 573436
Web site:
141 Seadogs are listed by the Association, of which about 130 are members. Somewhere there are numbers 101, 115 and 126, and the Association would be delighted to know more about Sundog, Diadem, and Dogstar. 
We hear that 115 has been found ! - alive and well, restored by an enthusiastic owner in the USA. Ed.)


Seagull and Seamew
See Bell Seagull and Seamew above

Shipmate Owners Association
Two Shipmate Seniors
Contacts by Email:
Or:  (for membership enquiries)

The late Norman Howard designed two versions of the Shipmate - the Shipmate dayboat which was built by Smallcraft, and the Shipmate Senior, a trailer sailer with a cabin,  built by Smallcraft and later by Seaborne.  (The boat is no longer in production) .  The Association has currently about 70 Members, arranges weekend meets at various venues and produces a newsletter - the Saga - twice a year.  Current fees - Owners £7.50 pa and Associates £6.50 pa

About Shipmate:

LOA 4.95m/16'3. Beam 1.91m/6'3. Draft plate down 1.08m/3'6 1/2' - plate up 0.29m/11 1/2'. Sail Area main & jib 9.7 sq m/104sq ft. Genoa 4.3 sq m/46sq ft.  Weight approx 410kg/900lb.

Signet 20

Signet 20 & Signet 20  MK 2

Ray Kaufman USA designed this attractive MORC sailing cruiser in 1960.  Throughout the sixties and seventies many were built in the USA , the UK and probably elsewhere, and there were several minor variations, viz fin keel or bilge keels, and skeg or transom mounted rudders.  Later UK models built by Gilmax Ltd became a Mark 2 version, known as a Signet Super 20.  Engines could be inboard or outboard, mostly the latter, of between 4 and 9 hp.

References:  Reviews that appeared in Practical Boat Owner January 1976 and in Yachting Monthly May 1976 can be obtained from the publishers on 01202 440832, or email at or   An interesting description of the restoration of “Rigel” sail no. 138 can be accessed at where a very full specification of the boat is also posted.


A Yahoo Group was formed in January 2004 by Mick Mixey, and currently has 23 members, many of whom own and sail a Signet 20.  The Group welcomes visitors at and anyone interested can become a member, and join in the ongoing discussions and reports.

 Derek and Marilyn Lyne are owners of Signet 20 sail no. 371 “Saffron”, upon which they have spent 18 months refitting and restoring.  They and Mick Mixey are interested in the possibility of forming a Class Association, and would welcome contact from anyone owning, or interested in, a Signet and who would share such an interest.  Email at  

Signet 20 typical specification  


19.10”             (6.04m)


16.0”               (4.87m)


6.8”                 (2.03m)


2’ or 3’ (0.61 or 0.91m)

Sail Area – Main

103 sq ft

Sail Area – Jib

89 sq ft

Sail Area - Genoa

154 sq ft

Sail Area – Spinnaker

180 sq ft

Sail Area – Storm jib

40 sq ft


800 lbs           (363.2 kg)


2146lbs          (928.7 kg)


All fibreglass construction


Aluminium + S/S rigging


Three  or Four



Silhouette II  The Silhouette was introduced in 1955 and ceased production in 1972.  It was designed by Robert Tucker originally at 16'0 (4.92m) for home building (MkI) and then increased to 17'3 (5.30m) loa  (MkII) and put into production by George Hurley (A G Hurley Marine) as a trailer sailer in plywood and later in grp. Three further Mks followed built mostly by Hurleys but other by builders too (see below Ed.) About 500 boats of various marks are still sailing, most popular being the SII's and SIII's. Technical advice is available through Denis Heald (contact at the address

Silhouette Mks:
( I am indebted to T C Eaves for what follows Ed.)
Silhouette Mk1:  16'0 (4.92m) loa in plywood, (designed to come out of two eight by five sheets), only a handful , home built as intended.  Did not have the wavey sheer characteristic of the later boats.
Silhouette Mk11: 17'3 (5.30m) loa  about 2200 built by Hurley Marine. Mostly in plywod some later ones in grp
Silhouette Mk111: 315 boats built nearly all by Hurley in GRP but see MkIV
Silhouette MkIV: 15 boats fitted out by another company with two 1/4 berths and no forward window. In effect a modified MkIII.  Gel coat in pale green - slightly confusing because some of the MkIIIs were also in this colour.
Silhouette Mk V: 30 boats built in grp by various builders including Russell Curnow in Cornwall.  Topside increased by about 3"  to provide extra headroom. One boat built by Varne Yachts No 3030


Silhouette Owner's International Association
Membership. The association organises a rally and puts out regular newsletters. Membership is not confined to Silhouette owners.  Details on the website.

Snapdragon and Mirage Association
Contact: P Lacy (Chairman)
16 Raymer Rd, Peneden Heath
Maidstone Kent ME14 2JQ
Tel: 01622 759491

or: V E Senatore (Vice Chairman)

14, Cornec Chase, Leigh-on-Sea
Essex SS9 5EW
Tel and Fax: (01702) 523540.

or: Neil Minto (teasurer)
Tel:  079769 30266

The Boats. The Association has about 300 members (March 2007) who between them own Snapdragons, Mirages and Invaders, all originally built by Thames Marine at Canvey Island.

These are the boats which qualify for membership of the Association:
Invader 20, 22
Mirage 16, 2700, 28, 29, 37
Snapdragon 600. 21, 670, 23, 747, 24, 26, 27, 890, 29 .

Technical. A journal is published by the Association bi-annually containing technical information and articles submitted by members. A technical information service is available free to members only, providing reprints of rigging, sail and hull plans for the majority of classes.  Every member is presented with a register of subscribing members detailing boat name, sail number, sailing area and telephone number to enable members to get in touch with each other about technical problems.  The register is updated twice a year.

Membership The Association has Thames Estuary, Medway and East coast rallies, meetings in early Autumn, and Spring and  Summer cruises. Membership extends currently as far as Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the USA.  To become a member a £10 registration fee is charged and the annual subscription is £10 (paid by standing order).  For more information please use any of the contacts above.


Stella Class Assoc

Noel Stanbury, Sec
8 Osborne Court
Ewell Road
Surbiton, Surrey

0181 395 2469 (ITAC Office Europe)
0181 395 2426
The first Stellas were built in 1959 to a design by C R Holman, and the last in 1972. The majority were built by Tucker Brown at Burnham but a number were also built by Petticrows and others.  110 Stellas were registered, of which 6 were not built and four are known to have been destroyed.  Of the remainder, 76 have been traced, most of which belong to the Association. So, out there somewhere there are 24 more Stellas of which we would be delighted to have news.

Tomahawk Owners Association

Details of the Association from
Tony at the address above.
The original Tomahawk 25 was built by Marcon Marine as a small fast cruising yacht with five berths in a semi open plan layout. Also by Marcon Marine at this time were the Sabre 27, Rival 32, Halberdier 36 the Marcon 24 and the Marcon 34.   Tony is particularly interested in tracing details of a Tomahawk with the new coachroof design produced by Challenger Sailcraft in the late eighties  

(So are we, if you know more perhaps you will let us know at and we will pass your message along to Tony, Ed.)

About the Tomahawk 25
25'4.  LWL 20'0  Beam 8'6  
Draft Fin 4'8 Twin 3'0  
Displacement 5066 lbs.  Sail areas: main 137 sq ft. Working jib 150 sqft.

The Trident Owners Association


Trident was designed by Alan F Hill and built by Marcon Marine between 1968 and 1974.  This association is for owners of the 24 foot Trident sloop and currently has about 130 members and about 104 boats. Trident's were offered for build / sale in three versions to cover local sailing  and mooring conditions. There was a Fin Keel,  drawing 3'8'', Triple Keel, drawing 2' 6"  and a C/B drawing a minimum of 2' 1" ;  the mast being in a tabernacle for those who had to contend with bridges / obstructions.

The early Tridents were built with a GRP hull built to Lloyds requirements
and Timber deck, cabin and interior. Later versions were built of GRP with
Timber trim.

The association runs a public web site,  and a members access only Email site under the 'Yahoo Group' system. Both Web and Email sites are undergoing development.  Full membership of the 'Trident Owners Association' is conditional on owning a Trident Yacht with Associate membership open to previous owners.


Vega Association of GB (VAGB)

Contact: Diana Webb, Hon Sec
76 Burdon Lane
Cheam,   Surrey SM2 7BZ
Tel. 0208 642 9521
Web site:  Http://

Designed by Per Brohall, these 27ft boats were built by Albin of Sweden. They were introduced in 1966, and production ceased in 1978.  There are around 3500 boats sailing worldwide - about 2500 of them belonging to one of seven Vega clubs, of which the UK Club has around 200 members.   Twelve Vegas have completed circum-navigations, the last one single handed. 

Technical advice -  talk to Steve Birch (Treasurer) on (01684) 568676 (8 Cockshot Road, Gt Malvern, Worcs WR14 2TT) - or email him at  VAGB make their own spares for members.
Plans are available from the Vega One Design Association or VAGB.


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