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    What a beauty! We lived in Kirkudbright for a couple of years in the late 70s, she certainly wasn't there at that time. Possibly kept somewhere on the West coast, or already moved to the Med?
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    Exquisite! For sale, not at a price I could afford.

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    I can not ever recall seeing an ugly Fife boat.
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    My, but that deck looks slippery...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    My, but that deck looks slippery...
    Maybe they wear " corked" boat shoes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    My, but that deck looks slippery...


    Aye. As does the cabin top. On the other hand, she 's lovely and the floppy hat is artfully draped at the companionway. ( ya just know that belowdecks smells of pot pouri rather than must and mud)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    My, but that deck looks slippery...
    Coelan, I wonder? Funny though how you get all uptight when folks criticise big ugly gross displays of wealth called superyachts of the motoring variety, but are quick to find fault in a thing of such exquisite beauty as this.

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    Beautiful boat. That is a lot of bright work which makes me pass on spending Paul's money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Coelan, I wonder? Funny though how you get all uptight when folks criticise big ugly gross displays of wealth called superyachts of the motoring variety, but are quick to find fault in a thing of such exquisite beauty as this.
    Functional thing Phil , its pretty but its more than pretty dangerous. Reminds me of that new superyacht that left here a decade or so ago , they did a crash gybe , lost the mainsheet and sent a zip fracture up the whole length of the carbon mast. In the resulting chaos in getting the mainsail down they lost two guys overboard off the cabin top because guess what, they don't put non skid on superyacht cabin tops.
    One of those miracle stories , they were on long tethers ( or one was , I forget the details )but the next wave chucked them back on board .

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    First thing my wife said when I showed her the OP photo was "Jeez those decks look deadly". A couple of years ago she was home in the US, sailing with her brother, she fell down the companionway after slipping on a varnished surface. Now I'm forbidden to varnish any part of our boat which might require standing on.
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    I agree varnished decks are more than silly. That wasnt really the point of my comment. I was just being gratuitously snarky.

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    We just lost a 60 year old sailor in an inter-club race on Port Phillip Bay. Do not know what class but the report says "when his boat overturned".
    Not a keel boat, a dinghy. Winds were gusting to 40 kts a bit further down the coast where we were, other races had been called off.
    No official report yet and the club concerned is sensibly keeping shtum.

    Edit. Was a small keeler, his own boat. Broached whilst running down wind in a virtual gale.
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    Solway Maid was #825. The last boat built was #829, Flica II but she was a Giles design. Madrigal II #828 is a 35' cutter, #827 isn't named, she was a yawl #826 was a motor boat called Stephen Robson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    Solway Maid was #825. The last boat built was #829, Flica II but she was a Giles design. Madrigal II #828 is a 35' cutter, #827 isn't named, she was a yawl #826 was a motor boat called Stephen Robson.

    Madrigal is a beauty.
    https://classicyachtinfo.com/yachts/madrigal-ii/
    The thirty five feet is the notional water line length, which was the minimum length that allowed a boat to enter the Fastnet Race under the then RORC Rules. They are really about fifty foot overall.

    If I recall correctly, Madrigal II is not counted by the purists because she was found to be rotten after the War and was rebuilt entirely, at Fairlie but not by Fife, who had died, re-using only the keel casting. She is therefore an inferior production, but I'd give her a home...

    I think there are some un- built designs for thirty five foot wl boats in the "820" series.
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    The wonderful book "Fast and Bonnie" shows all the 820's as being built. Including 822 Eilean, one of my favourites. It shows 830 as a cancelled order.

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    I expressed myself badly. I was told by one of the partners in Fairlie Restorations about twenty years ago that they had unbuilt drawings for other variants of the 35ft lwl design, which her referred to as "the 820s".
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    38ft Sloop designed by Wm Fife & Son
    Built in Fairlie, Scotland in 1960 and sailed out to NZ in the early 1970's
    Now in our yard to undergo a full restoration
    I haven't caught up with this restoration so not sure what stage its at.

    Maybe I need to go on a mission of discovery because after all, why do telephone when complicated is cool, and involves a drive in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    I expressed myself badly. I was told by one of the partners in Fairlie Restorations about twenty years ago that they had unbuilt drawings for other variants of the 35ft lwl design, which her referred to as "the 820s".
    And I did not really pay attention to what you wrote.

    In the meantime we can drool over Latifa

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    Yes, please. A nice big canoe sterned yawl... easy to singlehand..
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