Yacht: Merry Dancer

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Classified as Lloyds 100 A1.   Previous owners include Sir Henry Spurrier and Lord William Shawcross.

This Fife design is one of the last built before World War II and represents the pedigree of the Fife dynasty’s production.

Over 70 years, she has always been well maintained by her previous owners and has never needed destructive thorough restoration.   Cabins are entirely original, as are her deck and structure.   Only the mast and rig are a faithful (Duncan Walker) reproduction of the original, lost in 1993.   The deck, new in 2005, is traditionally laid and, all in all, Merry Dancer is one of the very few remarkably original (and not recently entirely rebuilt) Fifes in excellent condition.

Designer: William Fife III
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1937
Built By: William Fife & Son, Fairlie, Scotland
LOA m / ft: 15.71m / 51'7"
LOD m / ft: 15.71m / 51'7"
LWL m / ft: 10.48m / 34'5"
Beam m / ft: 3.35m /11'
Draft m / ft: 2.20m / 7'3"
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Sail Stats Sail Area: 100 sq.m Sail No. 373
Construction: Merry Dancer is framed with very good oak, planked with the best mahogany (above the waterline) and teak (below the waterline), 1 1/4 thick. Copper rivets and bronze screws. Planks have been joined together with wedges. Keel is an external lead keel bolted with new (2007) inox keel bolts. A combination of sawn oak frames and steam bent elm frames have been incorporated with iron floors and knees to provide an extremely strong structure. A swept teak deck has been laid on Elm beams. The teak is 20mm thick. Cabins and interiors are in clear oak. Classified as Lloyds 100 A1.
Displacement: 16 tons. Drawing: 814/830 da ted 1935.

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