Small boat sailing on a budget is not usually the staple fair of large boat shows, and as a Corribee owner I have often felt out of place at anything grander than a boat jumble. Not the case in London this year – the London International Boat Show organisers have invited Roger Taylor to exhibit Mingming at next month’s show at Edexcel. As part of a special attraction on world cruising, Mingming will be displayed fully rigged, exactly as she was on her return from Roger’s Arctic voyage in 2011. For any Corribee or Coromandel owner this is an excellent opportunity to see first hand the modifications and alterations needed for this sort of voyage, and Roger will be very happy to talk to any Corribee owners. For those of us who prefer to read about, rather than sail to far-flung parts, Roger will have copies of all his books available to sign and sell (in three different languages). There will also be specialists who provide equipment for this type of journey on hand, along with a photographic display of the world’s oceans.
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Every now and then a boat appears on the market that needs a refurb – a bit more than new cushions and a bit of varnish. With larger boats this can be more than a little daunting, but something Corribee or Coromandel-sized is much easier to tackle. The costs are lower with small boats, and it is often possible to trailer them to ones’ own driveway which makes the work much more convenient.
We’ve just been asked to place a For Sale advert for just such a boat, in this case a Coromandel that unfortunately broke its’ mooring. Luckily there is not too much damage, certainly nothing that can’t be repaired with a little knowledge of grp work, and some of the more expensive work has already been done. There is also a trailer available which makes the prospect of renovation work even more feasible, so for anyone looking for a project over the winter have a look at the For Sale page. More information is documented on the owners blog at http://tmiajrb.blogspot.co.uk.
(Edit: Missy Moto has now found a new owner and is being repaired and restored.)
A tale of two voyages, Roger’s latest book gives a fascinating account of sailing in Northern waters. On first receiving the book I sat down to read the preface, intending to make a start on Chapter One later in the evening after work. Anyone who has read Roger’s previous books will know that this is not possible – within a few minutes all thought of work had gone. Every page is packed with fascinating detail, all written in a style that makes it impossible to put down.
A few weeks ago I had to go to Keyhaven to collect a boat for delivery to Cowes. We entered through Hawkers Lake as we had arrived at the top of the spring tide, and made our way past a line of moored boats, one of which was a very pretty looking Corribee. Unusually, it was fitted with portlights rather than the usual large side windows. While portlights are normal for a junk-rigger I have never seen them before on a standard Corribee.
Although the owner was planning to sell, he has just been in contact to say that he intends to keep her for the meantime.
UPDATE January 2013 – Pisces has now been sold, see the For Sale page
In the last few months there have been several very quick sales, so it’s worth checking the For Sale page frequently if you are looking. This is the latest advert, a very tidy looking late mkII bilge-keeler complete with a 4 wheel trailer:
This month Adlard Coles Nautical is publishing a stunning photographic book by Vanessa Bird called Classic Classes, this is a complete reference to the classic yachts and dinghies still sailing today. Focusing on the most well-known, popular and enduring designs – from the 7ft Optimist to the 125ft J class – this beautifully illustrated book showcases 144 boats from across the world, with a wealth of detail on each class, including:
- the origins and history of the class
- what it’s like to sail one
- fascinating stories about the boat, who sailed her, and her development
- stunning photography, sailplans and sail symbol
- full detail on her length, layout and designer
Featuring designers from an internationally recognised hall of fame including William Fife, Olin Stevens, Maurice Griffiths and Uffa Fox, Classic Classes is the perfect resource for classic boat owners and enthusiasts worldwide, whether their interest lies in high-performance thoroughbred racers, well-loved creek crawling cruisers or popular home-built classic dinghies. Published in advance of the 2012 Olympics, there is also a section devoted to the 46 Olympic classes.
To order your copy today visit the Adlard Coles Nautical website at the following link http://www.acblack.com/nautical/Classic-Classes/Vanessa-Bird/books/details/9781408158913.
And yes, it does include a section on the Corribee!
Spotted on one of Dylan Winter’s excellent sailing videos – a Coromandel at around 4m 52s. We’ve posted links to Dylan’s work before, and they are an excellent source of inspiration for coastal cruisers, creek crawlers and anyone else who enjoys mucking about in boats or boating about in muck.
Some time ago I promised to prepare the tooling and jigs for a small run of replacement Corribee tillers. This happened in January 2012 and I have since made up three batches in various timbers and sizes (see HERE). Just the answer if your present tiller is cosmetically challenged or you need a spare for emergencies.
Most popular so far is the short pattern in solid teak or iroko. I hope to keep a small number in stock, just in case an urgent replacement is needed, but will also be able to make to order in case your choice of timber is not available off the shelf (turn-round time is usually less than a week).
A couple of the laminated tillers – a short pattern in mahogany/spruce and a long pattern in English oak/spruce:
Yet another epic voyage to Northern waters, this time well into the Arctic and reaching a point north-west of Spitzbergen. If my map reading is correct it is approximately as shown by the green arrow on the Google Maps screenshot below:
There is a healthy market for Corribees and Coromandels, and we get a number of advertisement requests each month from both buyers and sellers. Check the For Sale and Wanted page for our current ads – which currently includes a very tidy-looking bilge keeler in Stoke Gabriel (South Devon), and Tonga, a late mk2 fin-keeler ready for the season. Also well worth a look is Otter, a mk 2 and one of the few fitted with a Yanmar inboard diesel engine. Spares and fittings are always needed by restorers so if you have any un-needed parts available that others could use (especially spars, rigging and furling gear) an advertisement will get them to someone who can make good use of them.
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