Commissioned by H.R.Watt Esq., as a 15-ton auxiliary ketch she was launched in June 1937. A number of news articles mention the Silver Streak (Classic Boat, The Yachtsman, etc), and Beken of Cowes has published photos of her sailing in the Solent. She spent her early sailing days in the Isle of White and the Solent, after the war moved to Devon, and in the 60s she moved to Cape Town in S. Africa, where she became a well known racing yacht. In the 70s she crossed again the Atlantic in the 1973 Cape-to-Rio Race, and eventually sailed back to the Eastern Mediterranean, where she is still based.
The Silver Streak’s original drawings have been used for the yacht’s restoration. She had suffered from a number of years of neglect, as well as numerous modifications which did not respect her classic design, and after a complete strip out of the interior, the owner decided to perform an in-depth restoration. The works were undertaken at the Patmos Marine yard in Patmos, Greece.
In summary the result of this restoration was:
1. Exterior and masts: the exterior of the yacht was restored by using mostly the original woodwork/equipment (exterior hull planking, the lead keel, the coachroof/cabin top, the masts & booms).
2. Interior: the interior was rebuilt entirely combining new teak with salvageable teak from the original interior, and based as close as possible to the original plans and style. The teak-paneled doors, and the mahogany companionway are the only items that are entirely original.
3. Electromechanical Equipment and Rigging: use all new engine, drivetrain and related hardware, rudder, electric installation and plumbing, standing and running wire rigging and related equipment. The original bronze Edson wheel steering system, as well as the period winches and bronze deck and sailing hardware were restored.
|Type of Boat:|
|Built By:||Moody & Sons, UK|
|LOA m / ft:|
|LOD m / ft:||13.6m / 44'6"|
|LWL m / ft:|
|Beam m / ft:||3.1m / 10'2"|
|Draft m / ft:||1.82m / 6'|
|Sail Stats||Sail Area: 1010 sq.ft|
|Construction:||Burmese teak on oak frames|