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MarkH
17th February 2008, 20:20
still looking! the last one in brid looks like its going back to the fishing, pleased in a way, knowing the background of the new owners

looking at a fifie next week, wondering what anyones opinions of them are?? its a fairly big one at 45', its suffered from a bad case of 'conversion' in the past, but the hull's good, which is the main thing.

I'd want to put it back to something resembling its former self if we get this one, so if anyone see's a couple of tabernacles, masts & spars lying anywhere :) :)

Donald
24th February 2008, 17:28
http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1063 this ones around 45foot and was restored to original layout. She was rigged with a standing lug mizzen, dipping lug main and a jib on a running bowsprit.

This is a nice sympathetic resto: http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=17773

Dipping lugs are great fun when you have a crowd onboard and the skill to handle them, but they aren't for the faint hearted! If you were going to put sails on her the Swans rig is far more easy to handle (when they come down to Lewis from Shetland theres three or four of a crew and they can handle her with winches).

If I were you I'd go for the motor fifie look, most people end up doing little sailing in converted fishing boats anyway unless you are crossing the atlantic!

Get a smart wee wheel house on her and a decent mizzen, with a main mast stepped in a tabernacle and resting on the wheelhouse in a crutch! The last of the fifies were motor boats anyway, some kept sails just incase.

http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4498

MarkH
24th February 2008, 18:02
If I were you I'd go for the motor fifie look, most people end up doing little sailing in converted fishing boats anyway unless you are crossing the atlantic!

Get a smart wee wheel house on her and a decent mizzen, with a main mast stepped in a tabernacle and resting on the wheelhouse in a crutch! The last of the fifies were motor boats anyway, some kept sails just incase.

http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4498

Myrtle!!

now thats a bit uncanny... I know that boat soooo well. One of the first jobs I had when I left school years ago was in a small boat yard on the trent, which is where myrtle was then, and still is in fact. I'll get a pic next time I'm down there

did quite a bit of work on her back then, and she's probably the boat that I've lusted after after since. She still as smart as anything I've seen anywhere, and is pretty much the look I'm after,

Donald
24th February 2008, 18:17
Ha! I just put fifie into the search function in the gallery! I am a fan of the fifies myself, nearly got a 23 foot one called the Mizpah when I was in my late teens but I got beaten to it! She's been restored now so not all bad. There was an old SY one for sale recently, the Venture, another cracker. She had seen better days when she was sold, not sure whats happened to her now. Wheres the one your looking at?

MarkH
24th February 2008, 18:49
in caley marina, inverness, "Pansy", bad wheelhouse conversion, but not the worst I've seen though,

the important thing really is the hull's in good shape, and has had a fair amount of work done in the last few years, survey report looks good, nothing too scary. There's a pic on here from her time in whitehills, looks a bonny boat back then: http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=2278

there's another couple on shipsnostalgia as well as she looks then: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=72502

which is what I'd like the end result to be and how she is now:
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/72330



had a mad day yesterday, durham to edinburgh to inverness to glasgow and back looking at boats. the plan is if it goes through, to her there till may/june and motor back down to the tyne, get her lifted out and put her back to rights over the winter. The sails are just wishful thinking really, we'll be using her for fishing (pleasure!) and a bit cruising about, ultimately, being moored up in ardnamurchan