Kath and I (Stu) are new to this forum, but not to boating
. We're long term live-aboards on our lovely (well, working on it anyway...) old motor
sailer. A bit about the boat..
Commisioned in late 1950 she was launched in 1951 from her builders slip on the River Thames, Her builder
being George Wilson. She is a Black Swan class motor
sailer, being No. 3 of 5 built. Built of mahogany on oak she is 30ft long with a 9ft 6inch beam. Draws about 3ft 3inches. She is powered by her original Coventry Godiva CDB 4 cylinder diesel
rated at 30 HP through a hydraulic transmission
. Runs perfectly and is very economical. Interestingly the first boat in the class was exported to the Shah of Persia's government
, I think in 1948 or 1949.
Here is a pic of the old girl sailing in the British North Sea in 1972, and a more modern one taken last year. You may note the missing rails, which may get fitted later this year.
Anyway, nice to be here and looking forward to 'meeting' everyone.
Stu and Kath