Troy Class Yachts have been built in Fowey Cornwall since 1929.  The first Troy was built as a one off by local Fowey boatbuilder Archie Watty. The start of the 1930 season saw six identical boats on the water , and a meeting was held to discuss the formation of a class.
The owners of these six boats were the real high flyers of the town, Sir Charles Hanson, former Lord Mayor of London, Mr Strong, the Lloyds bank manager, Dr Moore, had Troy no 3 built, Mr Treffry the local squire, had Troy no.4 . This was the beginnings of the Troy class, and these boats have been racing around the harbour ever since. In the last six years, Marcus Lewis has built four new boats, to bring the fleet up to number 28.
You are invited to the 21st Wooden Boat Festival at the beautiful Port of Newcastle Marina in Newcastle Ontario. Port of Newcastle’s executive townhome collection offers stunning views of Lake Ontario. A well known Falmouth boat, Tom Tit, belonging to David Carne, was brought in for new deck and mast step, with new deck layout, beams and kingplank, reported to have been built in 1903, she sailed again in 2008.
We have also supplied new rudders, tillers, masts, gaffs, booms, spinnaker poles, and oars for a variety of craft. An original 1930’s Mevagissey Tosher built by master boatbuilder Percy Mitchell of Portmellon  is ideal for restoration and renovation to either its original form, or to make a beautiful day boat with Gaff or lug rig, with either inboard or outboard propulsion – or none at all!! The hull is not in too bad  a condition, there is some rot around the gunnels and top planks, the transom needs replacement, as do all the steamed Oak ribs, but she would require a considerable amount of work, nothing too difficult, but well worth it when done.
Enjoy the professional quality drone video of the boats at the show held at John Allen’s wonderful dining facility on Gull Lake in Minnesota.
Enjoy Part One of this annual tour of wooden boat shops in Muskoka Ontario, sponsored by the Toronto Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. CLAYTON, New York (March 12, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Caravan Stage Company will dock and perform at the Museum this coming August. Since its founding in 1970, the Caravan has provided invaluable opportunities for young people from all sectors of their multi-faceted society and has traveled the globe reaching audiences of all walks of life.
One of the most unique aspects to this theatre is that all of the performances are done aboard a 100-foot long, 90-foot tall ship, which serves as their stage.
The Clayton shows will be the only scheduled shows in Northern New York and on the United States side of the St. The Caravan performance known as ‘Hacked: the Treasure of the Empire’ integrates text, poetry, video, humor, music, movement, masks, props and special effects into a magical theatrical experience that is both compelling and inspirational.
Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be ordered online at abm.org or by calling the ABM at 315-686-4104. Also, if you aren’t inclined to take on ownership of a woody, but would love to get behind the wheel of a classic wooden boat, Stan Hunter has the answer! Traditional putty (still wet) had been applied to the deck seams of Bella Vista III, just before our visit.
Tom Adam’s Port Carling boat shop was abuzz this past Saturday as ACBS members gathered to hear words of wisdom from Tom and his staff, as well as superb mechanic Matt Fairbrass, the staff of United Propellers, and James Osler, who discussed marine adhesives.
One of the morning’s highlights was the appearance of RITA a wondrous 50 foot Minett, dating from 1914. Built by Reets Boat Works, in Mayfield New York, this stunning racer comes equipped with a 350  hp Mercury Scorpion engine.


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this completely restored 38 ft. We have just received some interesting, updated information on the Fairliner Torpedo we featured earlier this week.
Fairliner was a division of Western Boat Building Co., founded by one of the South Slav immigrants, my grandfather. Dair is credited in high speed naval architecture classes as being the first to design the chine so that the lowest point of the chine was at the stern. Now I am not sure than any of the Torpedoes has the bottom correct after all these years of sanding and reworking. Many thanks to Kerry Price for forwarding the video of this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show (Texas).
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Racing in Fowey at the time consisted of a mixed fleet of various handicapped dinghies and Sir charles Hanson, from Fowey Hall, wanted a boat for his daughter to race competitively.  Archie designed and started building an 18’ boat, with a lead keel, in the winter of 1928. Sir Arthur Quiller couch was Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club at the time, and had written novels based on Fowey, renamed Troy town, and he was approached for permission to use the name Troy for the new Class of yacht.
Amethyst, Troy no 5 was built for the local shipbroker, Mr Samuel, and Troy no.6, Ruby, was built for the local solicitor, Walter Graham.
Activities include wooden boat vendors, barbeque, games, vendors, music and entertainment and much more! Guide had been a familiar sight on the Fowey River for many years, owned by one of the Tomlin family, (boatmen on the river for almost 100 years!). Wooden boats of all sizes and styles were well represented at this event; the docks were entirely filled! Consider, too, that some of these boats date back almost to the time of their first inauguration. Visit our Boat Parts For Sale page to inquire about this opportunity to build your very own Herreshoff skiff. The Caravan embodies a long tradition of traveling theatrical productions with their combination of innovative stylistic staging, imaginative music and dance, and colorful entertaining themes. Lawrence River in upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. Stan recently completed a brand new long deck launch, which is featured in a newly released DVD, Boat Builder. This beautiful long deck, displacement hull launch will surely turn heads, when completed,  wherever she goes. Complete with a triple layer West System bottom, the racer features a forward rumble seat and a spacious rear cockpit. The comments come from Allen Petrich Jr., whose father actually built these beautiful boats. My father did not feel competent to design a full pleasure boat line and had noticed the bottom of the hull of one of Dair’s air-sea rescue boats and contacted him for the job of designing the line, though, one naval architect told me, he is fairly sure that my father worked with Dair on construction techniques. My father had come to the same conclusion with the design of his first production boat, a 16′ tuna tender runabout. We hope the site will satisfy your love of wooden boats, cottaging and the holiday lifestyle.


During construction, the local bank ,manager, Mr Strong called in, and was so impressed with Archie Watty’s design that he immediately ordered one for himself.
Backbone and planking largely untouched, all the steamed timbers, gunwhales, deck beams, and deck were replaced, and the boat completely re-nailed.
Designed in 1905 by the famous builder of wooden boats, the skiff is 11.5 ft in length, with a four foot beam.
The shows are all original productions expressing the issues and concerns of people inhabiting the environment of the 21st century. The Museum is home to the world’s largest runabout of its kind and a 112-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat.
Many companies attempted to do so but few became as successful, Fairliner became the largest builder of pleasure boats (up to 44′) on the Pacifc Coast of the US following the war until my father had a heart attack as Fairliner was converting to fiberglass.
He and Dair were both convinced that was the way to go while all the other designers, Crouch, etc., would bring the chine up. Both of these boats were on the water for the 1929 sailing season, and although sailing in the handicap fleet, performed very well.
Unfortunately time and hard use had got the better of her, and a new owner went for a comprehensive rebuild and restoration. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America.
Tony’s grandfather, as John knows, worked with the Skansie brothers, other South Slav immigrants. The versions used by the OSS were the fastest boats of the war and one 63′ was timed by the OSS as averaging over 50 knots for three hours in the open ocean of the South Pacific on a rescue mission.
So well infact, that four other competitors from the dinghy fleet ordered new boats to the same design for the next year.
Let’s hope that this Pettersson salon vessel will be afloat in Muskoka as soon as possible! They were all important in the development of the Puget Sound purse seine fishing boat design, which went on to conquer the world of fishing for pelagic schooling fish, such as the salmon, sardine and tuna, with the Martinac 240′ tuna seiners being one of the ultimate developments.
In fact, one such Western Boat built seiner, the Western Explorer, was purchased by Newfoundland Fisheries about 1939. Any slight radiusing of the chine or concavity of the bottom from sanding or other work will cause a problem. At the maneuver I mentioned at fast turn the bow should come down and plow a bit, the boat will slow a lot and you should quickly be facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction with the boat getting fast on plane. The Century is powered by a 6 cylinder Hercules engine (6 volt) with new fuel lines – in reasonable condition.
It was commandeered by the British Admiralty within a year or so of purchase and taken to the UK for coastal patrol duties.



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