Winnie Marie

Winnie Marie (W 39) is the only West Solent to be built since the Second World War between 2008 and 2010 by Peter Nash, boat builder of Dartmouth to a very high specification. For example all the deck, mast and boom fittings are bespoke and in bronze made mostly by Hercules Marine at Dartmouth. The rigging in mat stainless is hand spliced and the cockpit and interior furniture is mostly of tongue and grooved solid teak. There is a bridge deck which further strengthens the construction and allows more room in the cabin. The cockpit is large, but not self-draining, although this could be adapted if desired. The carvel construction of the hull is of larch, and the stem is of laminated oak, as is each third frame, the rest being steamed.

The hanging knees are of bronze, and the elongated mast step is in solid oak, as is the main keel and deadwood. This ensures that when cruising or particularly when racing the downward pressure of the mast is spread over a wider area of the hull. The deck is in teak over marine plywood, and the main hatch and skylight are beautifully crafted in solid teak. All the hull fastenings are in bronze, and the planking copper fastened with rivets. All in all this makes for an immensely strong but light construction ideal for competitive sailing in classic regattas. The mast and boom are of spruce by Collars of Oxford, and two reefing lines pass through the boom, with a third passing outside. The sails are of cream Terylene and the cringles are hand sown in brass. The total sail area is 550 square feet, with the working jib, and a little less with the No 2 jib. The boat is fitted with stanchions in bronze but these could be removed for racing.

She is now painted white, the better to cope with Mediterranean conditions if she is taken there. Information courtesy of Classic Boat

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