AMORE GOES BACK TO DURBAN
Amore was recently sold to Natal Powerboats and left on a very large flatbed.
The boat was a regular exhibit at the show, having been present at all, but one, held in Knysna. Here she is at her first; the 2015 Boatshow held at the KYC.
LUCKY BEAN DORY CHANGED HANDS IN CAPE TOWN
This beautiful 12 foot dory built by the Lucky Bean boatbuilding company of Knysna was recently advertised for sale. The boat was originally purchased in Knysna and spent a long time in the Karoo when it’s owner moved there.
The seller admired her every time he visited his mother’s place and asked the original owner if he would sell. It took approximately two years for the owner to relinquish the boat which then made its way down to Cape Town.
The ‘Lucky Bean’ name is apparently carved into the side of the boat along with the boatbuilder’s name ‘Bryt’. It looks in magnificent condition with two original oak oars. The boat now has another Cape based owner who will be encouraged to bring her to Knysna when next we get to display our boats.
UPDATE ON ‘BLUE BONNET’, 3-IN-1 WHALER
Called 3 in 1’s, these vessels ( of which only three exist in South Africa ) can utilise sail, engine or oars to manoeuvre. They were used as ship-to-shore ‘tenders’ on British warships that came out to South Africa. The history of these vessels has been covered in the story entitled ‘The Margaret Parkes’ on this website. That 3-in-1 rests in the Sea Cadet property here in Knysna.
I came across the second such vessel in 2017 when she was put up for sale on Gumtree by Rod McGregor Mann in Kleinemond. The good news is that Blue Bonnet is destined to also reside in Knysna having been recently bought by a Port Elizabeth businessman. He is looking to moor her in Knysna permanently on a private mooring and share use of the vessel with the owner of this mooring.
Anyone interested in this arrangement can contact the website on: firstname.lastname@example.org
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO BUILT THIS BOAT?
This boat was offered for sale in Knysna by Tait Marine for around R25K approximately 8 years ago. Dirk Molsen took it out for a test run and having decided to purchase it found, to his great disappointment, that it had been sold in the meantime to someone in Plett.
She appears to have always carried the French name ‘Life is good’ or ‘The good life’ and displayed the Aquacraft badging.
DAVE REYNELL AND HIS SKENE DORY FEATURE IN ON-LINE WOODEN BOAT MAGAZINE
It's the November issue of Small Boats Monthly, an on-line side-kick of the Wooden Boat Magazine. Knysna features on the cover and take a look at the "Reader Built Boats" section. Here's the link: https://smallboatsmonthly.com/issue/november-2020/
LOCAL 'FAERING' FOR SALE
Norwegian faerings date back 1000 years to Viking times; round-bottomed rowing and sailing double-enders, these boats were used by the inshore fishing industry along Norway’s rugged coastline.
This boat is part of the late Mr Stevens estate, given to him by Nicky Behr of Plettenberg Bay. It’s not known when she was built nor by whom, but she was last run just two years ago.
Her Petter, single cylinder, inboard engine has a home designed heat exchanger system for salt/fresh water cooling and looks to be around 6ph.
DOLPHIN ON THE HARD
Eion Gibson has been working on Dolphin whenever he could during lockdown and although much remains to be done he is not fazed by the hard work. Several planks have been replaced with Iroko, the caulking restored and sealed with Sika. The brass hardware has been removed and safely stored.
AUCTION OF VALUABLE CLASSIC BOATS IN U.S.
Bring-a-Trailer.com and Tahoe Maritime Museum Auction Sale.. starts today!
Over a period of two decades, the Lake Tahoe museum has acquired an impressive assortment of wooden boats from notable manufacturers, as well marine engines and additional period nautical memorabilia, all built during the early and middle parts of the 20th century.
THESEN ROWBOAT UPDATE
Once turned, the hull is now very easy to work on. This is one of the few boats I’ve handled that when pushed up onto its side, doesn’t creek and groan with the weight of itself. The keel is stinkwood I believe and fastened to the boat at several points that show large plugs where the bolts were placed. These can be weak points, but look fairly OK at the moment. In places the caulking string is flush, but in others there is a large void that needs to be filled. I’ve decided to use brown Sika sealant, quick curing and permanently flexible.
THESEN CO. ROWBOAT CONTINUED
The goal of the Antique&Classic Boatshow, sadly cancelled this year, is to ignite a passion for wooden boatbuilding. By encouraging the return, to the Knysna area, of examples of the early boatbuilders and the restoration of these vessels for others to admire, we hope to turn the tide in the demise of these beautiful boats. In over a century, Thesens built thousands of boats of all shapes and sizes, over 600 for the war effort alone. (reference the Thesens catalogue)
FAMOUS KNYSNA BOAT CHANGES HANDS
Jerome Simonis has sold Dolphin to Eion Gibson.
Here is some of the background to ‘Dolphin’ primarily from the book: Knysna Yacht Club - since 1910, by Malcolm Fraser
A design in ‘The Rudder’ magazine of August 1930 of a fast day cruiser of 27 foot was exactly what Clifford Salmon had in mind when he commissioned a Cape Town boatbuilder to build him a boat. He named her ‘Dolphin’ which remains her name to this day. She was powered by a 12hp Morris Marine engine.
BOATBUILDING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES:
The Beautiful Boat Company, UK
Thanks for asking how we are managing in these difficult times. I’ve put together a list of our latest projects for your readers.
As a relatively young small business, news of a pandemic that would see the entire country pretty much paralysed and normal working patterns severely disrupted, was never going to be good.
That said, The Beautiful Boat Company went into the current lockdown in a good place, in discussion with potential clients worldwide about new-build wooden boats, as well as, closer to home, refurbishments and restorations.
While visiting the Traditional Boat Show in Henley in July last year I met Colin, the owner of Clewer Boatyard, onboard Gelyce. He invited me to visit the boatyard the following week, as I wanted to see Fixitor for myself as she wasn’t at the show. Interestingly, bought in 1949 from an army officer stationed abroad, the boat’s name came from the owner’s decision then to ‘fix it or let it rot’ such was her condition at that stage. Her original name is not yet known, but research continues.
WOODEN BOATS IN STOCKHOLM
Well done for tirelessly working toward spreading the word about wooden boats and my apologies for being unable to bring my little dory along for this year's show.
I thought you might be interested in a few photographs that I took on a recent (July) visit to Stockholm where one of my sons works for a Swedish company.