Paul Fisher 50/50
Uffa Fox Fairey Atalanta
Phil Bolger Birdwatcher
Jeremy Rogers Contessa 26
I am fascinated by sailing boats. I could look at them all day long. Here are a few more* I like.
The first is a 50/50 sailing and paddling, decked canoe built by me, according to a design by Paul Fisher whom I commissioned to produce plans for building her. I wish I had bought a stake in the royalties from the sale of plans, because I would have had a few pounds accruing to my account.
The second is a Fairey Atalanta with twin retractable keels designed by Uffa Fox. I admire the standard of build that was achieved by the hot moulding process of bonding veneers of wood together. I owned a Fairey Fulmar, her smaller sister.
The third is a Bolger Birdwatcher designed for shallow water sailing. Although longer than many trailer sailers, she can be towed behind a suitable vehicle on a bespoke road trailer.
The fourth is a Contessa 26. These deep- keel cruising yachts designed by Jeremy Rogers have a good reputation for being capable offshore sailboats. Anyone seeking a relatively cheap, well proven cruising yacht for two people could well consider adding her to their list of potential candidates.
The fifth, a Parker 21, is a versatile trailer sailer with a good performance, suitable for a crew of two.
*AFew Boats I Like
‘Caleb’ 50/50 Canoe
Contessa 26 at Burnham-on-Crouch