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Busy week on the River Dart

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Regatta week is here again in Dartmouth, how do we know? because the fair rolled into town, loads of boats turned up and it’s raining! Sunday and Monday saw the heats and semi finals for the rowing races take place with crews representing every drinking establishment in town racing the slightly cumbersome ‘whalers’ and the slippy ‘blue’ boats from the higher ferry to the lower ferry. Monday was a foul day for rowing with a strong southerly wind and racing flood tide making it a hard pull up the course, but the best crews came through to race in the finals next Friday. Yacht Market This week also saw the arrival of the newly built 3 masted lugger ‘Grayhound’ built by Marcus and Freya down in Millbrook, Plymouth. She is a replica 18th century lugger, and Marcus and Freya plan to do traditional sailing holidays and sail training onboard, starting next spring. Yacht for Sale see their website www.grayhoundluggersailing.com for more information, pictures and stories from the build

Scottish visit

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I was recently reminded that there can be no better sailing grounds in Europe than the West Coast of Scotland. I said this to my friends on board their yacht in Troon Marina but was quickly reminded to qualify my admiration of their home waters with a caveat on the weather and the midges. Crossing over to Hunter’s Quay on the car ferry with the blue mountains of Bute standing high above the blue waters of the Clyde under a bright blue afternoon sky there was nowhere better to be on the water. Boats for Sale They don’t make it easy for passengers on that ferry. No car park, no ticket kiosk, no cafe, no loo, just a ramp alongside the road apparently in the middle of nowhere and an insignificant sign. Yacht for Sale Car parking for a mile either direction is restricted to an hour so it was a pleasant walk in the afternoon sun. Yacht Market I was on my way to see the Reg Freeman motor sailer Skelgoose in the Holy Loch. The same owner also had a fine little Silvers-built mo

What makes a boat popular?

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What makes a boat popular 15 years ago I found a gaff cutter for some old friends. She started life as a Cornish sailing fishing boat built in Mevagissey around 1895, typical of hundreds such boats working Cornish inshore waters. Yacht for Sale Naturally they wanted reassurance that when they came to selling they would not find they had a worthless lump of very old firewood on their hands which I gave them with confidence. Now 15 years later, 2 voyages to Scotland and back to C ornwall, many great days sailing around the West C ountry, Scilly Isles and the Brittany regattas at Douarnenez and Brest their ownership had run it’s course and she went into the market. Boats for Sale I always thought she was a pretty little boat, she just looked right, she was largely yard maintained, sound and tidy though by no means an immaculate restored boat like some we see but she had a certain charm which is difficult to define though instantly recognised. Yacht Market At a price in the

Busy week at the brokerage

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We have had a busy couple of weeks here with several sold boats moving around the country to new owners and lots of boats coming on the market that need viewing. Yacht Market Last week saw Eda Frandsen, the 53′ Danish gaff cutter move from the wilds of West Scotland to her new base in Cornwall. Jamie and Penny, who have run the very successful charter business Eda Frandsen Sailing for over 16 years now, have hung up their oil skins and are moving on to different activities. The boat has been bought by experienced charter skipper James Mackenzie and his girlfriend Becky who will carry on taking guests sailing on the west coast of Scotland and South West England. It was not ideal weather for their first voyage as new owners, being forced to put up the trisail after a day at sea! James was almost shocked at how well she dealt with the weather and could hardly believe that after a real hammering there was not one drop of water in the bilge! This is a testament not only to the desi

Tough times

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There is a lot of interest in rebuilding wooden yachts, especially in these tough times when lumps sums of capital to buy is in short supply but significant payments can be made out of income thus spreading the cost. Yacht Market We are also seeing once again a desire to buy cheap and refit rather than buy sound and complete in the first place. 35 years ago when I started Yachts Markt plastic was all the rage and wood dropped off the radar as being simply old fashioned and out of date. The incredibly quick change from wood to plastic over just 3 or 4 seasons must be taken in conjunction with other socio-economic changes at the time. Motor cars, once a major investment and life-changing purchase had become disposable items, new towns like Welwyn Garden City and Harlow were well established and growing, super-markets, ready meals, social mobility, everything we regard as normal had only recently been firmly established and suddenly it was the turn of sports, especially expensive sports

Perfect boat or project boat

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In these financially restricted times we are noting an interest in projects. The problem is that projects vary hugely in type, size and quality and one man’s viable project is another man’s firewood. Yacht Market The moral must be, know your skills, admit your limitations and make sure everyone is on side because this might take some time. Yacht for Sale I have seen some very successful projects and some disasters and it is always the disasters which make better reading of course. However I am not going to write about those because they are invariably exaggerated, always depressing and we don’t like failure here. Failed owners too often blame the boat and not themselves and “I told you so” gets nobody anywhere. Full marks for trying I say but let’s make sure you set off on a course with some reasonable hope for success. Boats for Sale I have just had an e-mail from a brave and determined lady who some years ago set out on a missionary voyage with a group of like-minded peo

This Week’s Special

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One of the more pleasant aspects of our work is when we discover a boat which really works, a boat which looks different from the usual, a boat with real character. Yacht Market Tara is one such – see Sailing Yachts on our web site – and her history opens a window on yachting across the Atlantic. The following account sent to us by her owner makes interesting reading. It’s not often that in spotting the details of a yacht for sale on the south coast of England, an ‘unknown’ designer’s name is seen attached to such a handsome boat. ‘Wink’ Warner? Who on earth is ‘Wink’ Warner and what is a Warner 33? And so a little investigation seemed called for, which unearthed a fascinating history of both the yacht ‘Tara,’ a Warner 33 and her designer. Boats for Sale Wink’ or to give him his full name, Winthrop Loring Warner is not ‘unknown’ at all and proves to have been a very distinguished American Naval Architect. Apparently extremely shy, he actively avoided seeking the no

The Joys of Simple Sailing

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“Buy the smallest boat possible that will do the job you want” This is a mantra we preach to buyers time and time again. As long as the money is in the bank, it is easy to go and buy a 50’ yacht which provides all the space required to cruise around the coast and across the channel in comfort. Yacht for Sale It is more difficult to find that same comfort in a 35’ yacht and have the imagination to be able to use the more limited space in sensible ways. The cost benefits of the smaller boats are considerable and can be seen in yard and mooring fees, maintenance costs and insurance premiums. Yacht Market The truth is that most people are ‘over-boated’ considering what they actually do with their yachts which is plain to see when we look at all the marinas around the country, stuffed full of yachts that rarely go to sea. Do we really need a 40’ yacht to sail around the bay a few weekends every year? For many years we have had a 19’ Herreshoff designed dayboat called an Islan

Buying at different ends of the scale.

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Here at Yachts Markt we like to have a wide range of boats on our books, boats from all parts of the scale in price, size, condition and age. It is this variation that makes our business not only attractive for buyers but also for us here in the office. Yacht Market There are two such boats we have for sale that represent very different ends of the scale entirely, but both are attractive propositions in their own right, and although neither are suited to everyone, both will find passionate and excited new owners. Boats for Sale The first is ‘Ezra’ an Isles of Scilly pilot cutter built by Luke Powell, launched in 2006 and featured in his book which was released last year. Her lines are similar to those of all Luke’s boats with inspiration taken from the Scillonian pilot cutters. When drawing her lines Luke and the first owner had in mind the adventures of Bill Tillman, with a plan to take her to the far north and beyond, she had to be a strong and seaworthy vessel, capable o

Summer Sailing

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This weekend, 6/7th July, saw the start of the Dartmouth Classic Channel Regatta, with two days of racing outside the harbour. We were there aboard our 43′ Camper and Nicholson ‘Zircon’, fresh from a 2 week refit and looking very smart. We had high hopes that the quality of th boat would make up for our lack of sharp racing skills, however it was not to be! Saturday brought very light winds which made the beat to the windward mark long and tiresome in the strong tide. It was clear not long after the start that the course would be shortened from the original 4 laps, and as it was very few boats even managed to complete 2 before the end of the afternoon. Our maximum boat speed during the race was a heady 3.1 knots which was greeted with utter delight and a celebratory beer. Yacht for Sale It was however perfect conditions to get our spinnaker and asymmetric out their bags for the first time, both of which set very well. Yacht Market The whole fleet was shown up by the grace a