You’ll note that at the top of the homepage of this blog there is a photo of my old Roamer dinghy. She was designed by Eric Coleman, specifically for cruising. He was a founder member of the Dinghy Cruising Association (DCA). To learn more about Roamers, go to the links section at the bottom of this page.
If you like what you see, and you want to get hold of a Roamer, why not respond to the advertisement below and ask to see ‘Daisy’ – but no time wasters please! – Only genuine enquirers with a real desire for a good cruising dinghy and the cash to buy should respond.
If you are not already a member of the DCA, you can discover how to join by visiting their website at http://dinghycruising.org.uk/ .
FOR SALE: DCA 'ROAMER' CRUISING DINGHY, Daisy
Sail number R205
A rare opportunity to buy a well-made example of this famous self-righting 14ft cruising dinghy designed by Eric Coleman, one of the founders of the DCA, and featured in his book Dinghies for All Waters. He took his inspiration from ballasted sail and oar lifeboats with raised buoyant ends, as seen elsewhere in this issue of Dinghy Cruising.
Daisy was launched in Summer 2011, and has been sailed infrequently since. The builder worked from DCA plans supplied by Peter Bick, and she was some seven years in build. The hull was not made using the stitch and tape method but exactly as the original, with chine log / frame construction, which results in a very tough plywood boat.
I have been asked by the builder's widow to advertise Daisy in Dinghy Cruising. You should also find details on Bill Serjeant's popular blog by the time you read this: http://bills-log.blogspot.com There is a pdf available on the Roamer design on Bill's site, and I have a copy I can send by return of email should you have any difficulty. Roamer is a dedicated cruising boat: with her centreplate up she is self-righting from 120 below vertical, and has lots of stowage. Her appearance is unusual, but as her designer remarked wryly, she is reminiscent of Columbus's carrack. Keith Muscott
Note: the timber across the cockpit is to brace the cover – not a spar.
It was raining heavily at times while I was photographing the boat, so these shots could have been a lot better.
Non-slip floorboards go over the storage space above the cockpit sole, which is kept dry using a substantial bilge pump (left of main hatch).
She is not Bermudan rigged, as designed, but has gunter spars in Douglas Fir.
Immaculate sails by Mouse Loft, North Wales
Plywood from Robbins
Painted with International Toplac
Good galvanised trailer
Steel centreplate with winch, as plans
Yamaha 3hp MALTA outboard in excellent condition
Heavy boat cover, bought late 2012
Apply to Rita Leckie, Anglesey:
Tel. 01248 853 939
Overall length: 14ft
LWL: 13ft 3ins
Beam: 5ft 10ins
Weight for trailing: 600 lbs
Roamer Dinghy - Part 2