View Full Version : Frank Mulville's "Iskra ".
09-28-2009, 04:13 AM
Has anyone sailed on her ?
I've been rereading the Marie Michon thread ,
and have realised that Frank Mulville's Iskra is another boat of the same type .I've read two of Mulville's books ,"Dear Dolphin " and "Single Handed Sailing " and am quite impressed with his writing and his boat .
Does anyone else have experience with Iskra ?
09-28-2009, 06:25 AM
Haven't sailed on her; but I certainly knew Frank and saw him aboard her pretty regularly.
She was an ordinary comfortable old Hillyard; he was inordinately proud of his ancient diesel which I recall was an Ailsa Craig.
09-28-2009, 07:02 AM
Andrew , how similar would she be to MM ? He doesn't give much detail although there are few very good photos in WB 53 and 67 .
The profile below WL looks quite similar but with a higher topsides perhaps ?
09-28-2009, 07:06 AM
Rather lighter displacement, I would think. About the same as Mirelle but not as pretty!
(To be honest I thought of her as a slab sided old box!)
09-28-2009, 07:12 AM
Oh cruel ! High sided and without much curvature to be sure ...is that the same ? But she must have sailed well!
09-28-2009, 07:13 AM
About the same as Mirelle. When surrounded by racing smacks, she would appear to be standing still!
09-28-2009, 09:54 AM
Reminds me of a line I heard about a small schooner up in Maine.
Q: How's she go to windward?
A: Not much.
09-28-2009, 11:20 AM
Andrew? Do you know Frank's son Adrian? I've done several passages with him in the past and would love to "catch up"...
10-24-2009, 06:18 PM
Adrian can be contacted through Oyster Marine-Ipswick UK. We sail Transcur which Frank had before Iskra. Wrote a book Terschelling Sands.
10-24-2009, 06:54 PM
Hello Pete, nice to see you here!
10-24-2009, 06:55 PM
Pete is being modest; he does not just sail Transcur; he rebuilt her from the keel up, and sails her very well.
10-24-2009, 08:24 PM
10-25-2009, 02:38 AM
Hmmm……novel helming position in that last photo. I guess that’s one way to cope with a heavy helm.
10-25-2009, 02:44 AM
It looks as though there is just enough to support his back , a cunning arrangement !
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