We are all about enjoying your time on sea and land with the most traditional and beautiful material ‘wood’. Wood is our passion, we have worked with it all our lives but never get tired of the ever changing characteristics it exhibits. Our sawdust is reused by a local company for smoking fish and some are used by local stables for horse bedding.
Having taken part in the Eden Project Green Foundation Project we are committed to continually reviewing our impact on the natural environment.
We are specialists in the construction of wooden masts and spars for classic sailing boats and vintage dinghies. Some of our spars are constructed from one piece of timber, others can be four, six, eight, or more pieces depending on length and requirements. Examples of our work can be seen on many boats on the river at Fowey, and other harbours around the country. Masts, gaffs, sprits, bowsprits, topsail spars, gunters, spinnaker poles, whisker poles, booms, made, repaired, restored.
I work mostly with traditional designs: wooden rowing boats, sailing dinghies, keelboats, motor launches, beautiful wooden yachts and dayboats in clinker, carvel or strip planked construction. I also specialise in the production of wooden masts and spars, including booms, bowsprits, gaffs, sprits, and wooden flagpoles to your exact specification.
Please check my recent Blog posts for wooden boats being built or wooden boats for sale as well as other workshop news. If you’d like to read more about my background and wooden boat building career then go to About Marcus. Lone Gull 11                                     SSR                             Maurice Griffiths, the celibrated editor of Yachting Monthly for many years was the driving force in bringing sailing to the people after the war. A classic Kim Holman design, the North Sea 24 is an ideal cruising yacht, perfectly behaved, deceptively fast, excellent heavy weather yacht and 5 berths.
Length on deck                                  31’ Lwl                                                    27’ Beam                                                 8’6” Draft                                                  5’6”   Tonnage                                             7TM     Designed and built by Dickie of Tarbert, Loch Fyne in 1939. Sovereign ketch.                                                 Length on deck                                    31’6” Beam                                                     9’5” Draft                                                      4’         Designed by Kim Holman, built by his brother Jack at his Uphams Yard, Brixham in 1971, believed to be the last of the Sovereign ketches. A very tidy yacht, designed by Alan Buchanan, built by Shuttlewood of Pagglesham, Essex in 1965.
If it is tended with care it will be your lifetime friend and will always remind you of the great care and craftsmanship that has been used during its conversion into the item that you now cherish. We can produce solid or hollow spars to suit your specification, using top quality, specially selected timber, and modern reliable adhesives.
We also undertake fitting-out work, spring repaints and general maintenance and repairs on Wood and GRP boats, yachts and dinghies.

I also have a great interest in Troy Class yachts and the Fowey River Class dinghies, both of which are raced and sailed in Fowey Harbour.
As you navigate around you will find photos and details of these lovely boats – just select your area of interest from the slide menu above. He was also a highly respected yacht designer and his yachts are instantly recognisable, often with full width cabin roofs and bilge keels. The design is typical of her period with a sweeping stemline from stemhead down to the ballast keel in a fair curve, a fairly steep rise to the floors, and a very sweet sheer with a gentle lift to the short counter stern.
A very well built boat, good quality detail, excellent materials and very nicely presented.
All of the wood we use comes from sustainable sources, and we are very committed to recycling all parts of the wood we buy.
There are some references to the yacht being an Alfred Mylne design and the Mylne Archive have a note of her name but no drawings although there are several Mylne designs which are remarkably similar to this yacht. Shuttlewoods was a small yard but produced some very nice quality work and this is a good example. Aiming at a budget family market, his yachts give good volume for their dimensions and make full use of the length Most MG yachts were built by the small Essex and Suffolk yards but other designs like the Eventide and Waterwitch were aimed at the amateur builder   Maurice Griffiths wanted to improve on his pre-war 30’ Lone Gull 1 design which had an American-inspired centre-board but suffered from several weaknesses. There is no doubt that there was considerable contact between the Dickies and Alfred Mylne and one Dickie brother Peter actually did his drawing apprenticeship with the other great name in the area, Wm Fife.
The result was the Lone Gull 2, slightly smaller to respect the increased post-war building costs with a long keel and bilge keels and often declared by him t be his favourite yacht.
Long external iron keel, galv mild steel keel bolts checked in the last 3 years through heavy oak floors, no iron in the bilge.
Sailing a yacht like this can be a revelation to many owners who have never sailed a quality wooden yacht – you get the performance with comfort as well. The cabin roof is typically Maurice Griffiths full width which, with the mast mounted on the deck, allows full use of the interior volume. Ply deck, sheathed and painted between deep, varnished teak toe rails all exceptionally clear and clutter-free allowing easy movement around the deck. Varnished teak coach-roof coamings, raised to a dog-house aft, 2 fixed windows each side and 2 windows each side in the dog-house, al in chromed bezels. Built with internal iron ballast in addition to the extenal iron keel, in present ownership a new 2.25 ton lead keel was cast and bolted on with aluminium bronze bolts in 2006 in order to remove the internal iron ballast and have a clean, clear bilge.
The design is described with line drawings and photos in Maurice Griffiths’ book “60 Years a Yacht Designer.”   This example was built by Gordon Armstrong Ltd, Scarborough in Yorkshire in 1961 to a special order by an owner who commissioned a Lone Gull 11 but with a short over-hanging counter stern increasing her length on deck from the original  28’ design to 31’. Modern fore hatch on a varnished teak coaming on the fwd end of the coach-roof, varnished teak grab rails each side. The deck is raised forward of the centre cock-pit and both fore deck and aft coach-roof have distinctive camber with varnished sheer strake forward and varnished coamings aft.

They carried a high peaked gaff cutter rig on a pole mast setting a large topsail on a yard and the bowsprit was set running. Bronze deck fittings, sampson post forward, stainless steel pull-pit, push-pit and stanchions. They were working boats so had to be practical and functional, they stood up well to their canvas and the buoyant bows would rise to the swell to keep them dry.
New varnished teak toe rails and rubbing strakes with carved cove line below, picked out in blue. Very comfortable, self draining cock-pit with deep varnished teak coamings giving excellent back support, and security. The mainsail was usually loose-footed and the tack could be triced up to spill the wind or they would scandalise the gaff while hauling the lines like the Falmouth oyster boats.
The hookers had a cock-pit aft, a fish hold and net hold midships with the net on a transverse roller and even the smaller boats had a small cabin forward with a bogey stove as they would often spend a few days at sea. Low level varnished teak fore hatch on the deck in front of the mast and a hatch on the aft deck abaft the rudder stock fitted with sealed, drop-in ply box gas bottle locker with one bottle, both with smart covers.
Fuel tank each side in the lockers, sealed gas bottle compartment in the fwd end of the port locker with a manual bilge pump, the handle access from the cock-pit well. Drains in the corners of the seats, deep drains around the locker lids and reinforcing under the lid all indicate good quality workmanship.
Substantial period manual windlass on the fore deck take forward lines, bronze fair leads forward and aft.
Twin lowers and cap shrouds to the mizzen with running back-stays on Highfield levers to take the strains of a mizzen staysail. This interesting yacht had a major refit in 2000 to 2005 when the garboards and sheer strakes were replaced, deck and coach-roof sheathed, toe rails and rubbing strakes replaced and the interior joinery all replaced. Mains battery charger 2008 Thermostats, temp sensor, block anodes all fitted new in ’07. The coach-roof is quite wide taking advantage of the yacht?s generous beam and tapers gently down forwards so does not stand out significantly above the bulwark. The coach-roof deck is double planked with scrubbed teak externally over internal painted pine boards.

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