Thursday, September 15, 2011
John Negus of Hullbridge has built several ketches to his own design. ‘Tammorie’ featured in this article is the prototype. She has cruised to the Mediterranean and to Scotland. Another wooden Negus 36, ‘William George’, is for sale at Woodrolfe Brokerage, Tollesbury Marina, Essex. She was built in 1983. The asking price is £29,000.
John has built several of these yachts, each with custom interiors. They stand out from the crowd because of their characteristic features: a large glazed wheelhouse, teak decks, wooden taffrail, varnished bulwarks and rubbing strakes just above the waterline either side of the boat. The latter is a practical touch for protecting the hull when the vessel lies alongside a quay, jetty or pontoon. Wooden davits at the stern have the dual purpose of supporting twin mizzen backstays and of accommodating a fair size dinghy. Her bowsprit incorporates a substantial pulpit for the security of the crew when working at the bow, perhaps when anchoring or attending to sails. Another very practical feature is her substantial galvanized mainmast tabernacle.
I know nothing about ‘Tammorie’s’ accommodation, but it may be similar to that of ‘William George’ which has three cabins and seven berths - this includes a double berth in her aft cabin. She has a separate heads, a decent galley with a gimballed oven, a comfortable saloon complete with folding table, and she has internal wheel steering integral with a navigation console. Her Ford 73 HP engine delivers a cruising speed of 6 knots while consuming 1.5 gallons of diesel an hour. Her 80 gallons of fuel gives her a theoretical range of 320 nautical miles but she would also have a good turn of speed under sail.
I bumped into John recently, and he told me he was building an Ian Oughtred double-ender, based on the lines of a Shetland Yoal. The boat is being built for a client who lives in Scotland. John said this was a departure from building bigger boats, and that he was enjoying the project.
Statistics for the Negus 36
LOA 38' 0" (11.6m) Beam 12' 6" (3.8m)
LOD approx 36’ (10.9m) Draft 5' 6" (1.7m)
Headroom approx 6’2”
Negus 36 for Sale
Plans for Arctic Tern