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|Class||Antique and Classic|
|Location||Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom|
|Tax Status||Tax Paid|
|Engine Model||24 ME|
|Drive Type||Direct Drive|
Wonderful ex Fishing Smack "Skylark of Tollesbury" is for sale - rebuilt in the early 1980's and in same ownership since! Currently lying on the Isle of Wight and ready for viewing!
Built between 1870 and 1880. Carvel wooden construction of Larch planking on Oak frames. Counter stern. Douglas Fir decks. Long wooden keel, wooden rudder.
Aldous, Brightlingsea, Essex.
Fishing Registration CK46 (first known 1905) then MN4 and now MN52.
British Registration No 388729
LOA 35'0" ex bowsprit
Tonnage 7.91 (Measured by volume). Registered Tonnage 5.86.
SAILS and RIG:
Mainsail, (1992 David Wager - fair). Staysail (1992 - David Wager). No 1 Jib (Gayle Heard - little used). No 2 Jib (1986). Plus 100m of Clipper Canvas - enough for a new suit of sails. Varnished Douglas Fir mast, gaff and boom (all renewed between 2015 and 2018). Galvanized standing rigging.
Bukh 24ME 24hp twin cylinder inboard diesel engine (Reconditioned lifeboat engine installed 2014). Plastic 20 litre fuel tank. Shaft drive to 3 blade fixed propeller (2016).
1 x 12v battery.
Ash tiller, spare tiller, large fisherman anchor with chain, mooring warps and fenders.
Compass x 2, VHF radio (new 2022), windvane at masthead, navigation lights and steaming light.
Manual bilge pump, electric bilge pump.
Taylors 031 paraffin stove. Plastic 20 litre water tank. Simpson Lawrence marine toilet. Internal lighting.
4" grey & black stripe berth cushions (2020).
Skylark of Tollesbury is a Thames Oyster Smack - she was completely re-built in the early 1980's.
After the rebuild and launch in 1983 we sailed her in the local races including the Thames oyster race to Greenwich. In 1985 we had a trip to Amsterdam and in 1986 we moved house from Tollesbury to the Isle of Wight. Since when we have made a few cross channel sorties and attended the festival in Brest & Douarnenez
In the early 2000s she was ashore and out of commission for a period of time and in 2012/14 We laid a new deck of Douglas fir and fitted new stanchions, bulwarks, and rail capping.
In 2014 / 16 the keel bolts were replaced and new plastic tanks for both diesel and water fitted. The following year she was rigged with brand new spars including a mast , boom, gaff, and bowsprit.
The old Petter diesel engine has been replaced by a Bukh 24ME installed with a new prop.
In 2018 she was surveyed by Nigel Harrison and his recommendations were carried out including the replacement of the topsides i.e. 3 planks on each side and complete recaulking from the waterline down.
The galvanised standing rig is in good condition as are the halyards and running rigging.
She has a Simpson and Lawrence heads that could do with a service and a Taylors 030 stove with oven.
She is fitted with a new VHF radio and aerial, she also has a set of new vinyl upholstery cushions.
Her mainsail is a bit tired but serviceable and the the headsails are in good order. I do have 100 metres of Clipper canvas to build her a new suit of working sails
"Skylark of Tollesbury" was built as a pleasure boat for Clacton pier which opened in the 1870s. Her first registration as a fishing boat was recorded in 1905. She dredged for oysters until the 1950's and as such she represents a part of the heritage of the coastline of Essex. She is almost 150 years old and over the past 45 years I have tried to keep her as authentic as possible. She still has her original keel.
David Morris Boats
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.