Welcome to the blog of Fieldhouse Yacht Surveys. Nic Fieldhouse is a qualified Marine Surveyor based in Chichester on the South Coast of England. This blog is all about my daily experiences as I meet clients, boatyard staff and during the surveys themselves. When I find the boat especially interesting or unusual, I like to write a little about the history of the boat. Please feel free to give any comments that you might have.
Today I visited Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Chichester Harbour to perform a valuation survey on a SCOD, which is a traditional sloop with a carvel hull and mahogany planking on oak frames . I had arrived before The Deck Cafe in the Marina had opened, so I had the coffee and toast to look forward to after the survey.
A SCOD from Burnes of Bosham
I had previously performed a pre purchase survey on this SCOD for the current owners back in January 2011. After a fairly thorough refit, performed in part by Nick Gates of Emsworth, she was ready for her valuation survey. Built by Burnes of Bosham in 1968, she was almost the last SCOD to be built and remains in almost original condition. She has been much restored but modernised sympathetically. She was built from carvel mahogany planking on oak frames with splined topside planking. Her new paint was very well applied and her splines were well faired. Her sloop rig still had its original spruce hollow mast. She had four berths in two cabins with a sea toilet and stowage aft of the forepeak. She also had her original mahogany tender. This 8' mahogany boat was very finely made and light too.
Tender to the SCOD
I don't imagine that I'll get much time to sail out in Chichester Harbour this year, but I look forward to seeing her out there next season.
This 1999 Hustler 32 is berthed just a few metres away from Sundew, my Westerly GK24, down in Birdham Pool Marina, Chichester. The Hustlers were very spacious compared to other 32 footers of that era, yet they were fast race boats too. The fact that she has a cast iron keel with additional lead at the botyom of the keel, combined with her racy lines, suggests that this was the designer's original intention.
I have just spent the last few hours inspecting her as part of a valuation survey for her owner. She has been very well fitted out and well maintained. The inventory is certainly biased towards single-handed sailing, with a lot of attention given to safety. The only downside of the boat is that the local birdlife population must be roosting in her rigging, and on a diet of blackberries too!
Just writing up my report on yesterday's survey on Waveney Harrier, a superb example of a 1975 Coaster 33. These motor-sailors were built in the 1970's, through to the late 80's, with just under fifty made in total. Like Waveney Harrier, most were ketch rigged.
She has been cruised quite extensively by her previous owners, enough for one of them to write and publish a book called 'Cruising Down Channel in the Waveney Harrier'. I bought the book on Amazon the other day, but passed it on to the current owner once I'd had a brief read of it.
Her hull and cockpit / coachroof moulding were in very good shape for a boat of this age, not surprisingly considering how sturdily they were built. The interior and exterior joinery was also of a very high standard. She had also been recently re-engined with a Lister Petter 40HP, giving the owner a quieter and more economical engine than the previous Perkins 4.108.
I was lucky enough to spend the day on this boat down on the scrubbing piles at Itchenor, near Chichester. The very nice owner and friends were on-board too, making this a very enjoyable and interesting job, and on one of the sunniest days of the year.
Take a look at page 22 of the October 2012 edition of PBO, you'll find a review of Motor Sailors, including the Coaster 33. Also included in the review are The Fisher range, various Colvic Watson boats, a Nauticat and a Northeaster.