Yacht: Misty

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“…she was built as a demonstrator for Ratsey and Lapthorn, and took part in the 1965 Fastnet.

She had three sisters, all of which were built around the same time as Misty, but at the Cheverton yard.  I have no idea how many are still in commission, but I believe at least one is.

Misty is a purpose-built ocean racer, albeit at the standard for 1965, so she has a full displacement hull.  Misty and her sisters were the largest yachts Cheverton ever designed.”

Above information courtesy of Rod Fleming(previous owner).

“Misty was built to be an improvement over her sistership ‘Danegeld’ but proved to be no faster.

Although Misty was built by Lallows the deck and coach roof were made by Wally Smythers an employee of Ratsey & Lapthorn.

The engine was an Italian diesel situated in the saloon just aft of the mast.

The mast was made by Britten Norman who made light aircraft at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

The steering gear box came from a Ford truck and Mark Ratsey-Woodroffe made the rigging using Norseman terminals.

He remembers being up the mast fitting the rigging”

Misty is undergoing an extensive restoration at A&R Way Boatbuilders in Scotland (2012).

Designer: David Cheverton
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1962
Built By: Clare Lallow of Cowes, UK
LOA m / ft: 11.4m / 37' 6"
LOD m / ft: 11.2m / 37'
LWL m / ft: 8.8m / 29'
Beam m / ft: 3.23m / 10'6"
Draft m / ft: 1.82m / 6'
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Sail Stats
Construction: The yacht is of traditional timber construction. Carvel planked hull of mahogany timber with splined topsides and framed in bent timbers of oak copper-clenched. Misty is classic RORC influenced design of the 1960s with a long straight keel and with the rudder hung on the after end of the sternpost. An elegant sheerline is carried with curved stem and counter stern with aft raked archboard. The deckworks comprise of a long coachroof of moderate proportion with an after cockpit self draining by design. The masthead sloop rig is carried on a keel stepped alloy spar.

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