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New Build East Coast Sailing Smack, 32ft Gaff cutter
Lucie B was built from scratch in just 4 months. Ashley Butler and his team Faversham in 2005. Ashley while working on another Smack made a half model of Lucie B. He drew her lines and built the vessel. He sourced local trades to supply the materials for her and her rig. Fitted her with a sensible sized reliable new Beta Marine engine.
Her build was well documented in the Classic Boat Magazine, she was actually used as their display vessel at the London Boat show.
She is presently owned and sailed in her home waters of the River Medway and Thames, she has competed in the OGA Rallies and races.
She has been proven to be a very capable vessel with stable sea manners. The Gaff rig has been kept very Traditional but is not over sized and is easily handled with competent crew.
Below the interior fit out is in a Traditional style: painted stowage and seating. The interior hull planking has been sealed and left exposed.
She is now back in commission in the water June 2019.
Used Traditional lines off an East Coast Sailing Smack. Rigged out as a Gaff Cutter. Carvel planked In Iroko (3inchs wide and 1.5inches thick.) on Oak frames. Alternated sawn & steamed.
Long Keel of Iroko with a 2 inch keel band.
2 inches of Internal ballast of lead in concrete.
Painted white top sides with green rubbing band.
Flush decks Iroko planks with foot well. Cream painted
Raw Teak capping rail Superstructure coach roof varnished in Colean.
Headroom below of 6ft plus.
Berth lengths vary from 6ft and 5ft 6ins... Beige PVC covered berth cushioning.
Descend an open companionway ladder into the open plan saloon, stores and engine box aft with 2 x open berths in the stern, either side of the engine. Galley area forward port (enamel Belfast sink with brass water pump (from Plastic water tank, it's capacity unknown), a Nelson 2 burner, oven and grill) Mast deck bulkhead through to fore cabin - heads a Lavac chemical unit, ropes and sail store, provision in there for a 5th berth, if required. Fore hatch to fore deck. 4 x prismatic deck lights in coach rook. 6 opening bronze port lights in the coach roof sides.
A Frake solid fuel stove starboard forward of the saloon, opposite the galley area. Centrally there are two settee berths running fore and aft with shelving behind. in between there is a drop leaf dining table.
Gas bottle stowed on deck inside a wooden barrel.
Pine planked wooden cabin sole.
50lbs galvanised Fisherman's anchor
with 10mm chain stowed in chain locker.
long mooring ropes
Large overall green poly cotton Winter cover
Bronze winch on bridge deck.
Butterfly hatch over the saloon
chimney for the stove.
wooden varnished Traditional Gaff rig with mast gaff boom and bowsprit.
Main sail 408sqft, slab reefing lead back to mast foot , cream canvas mainsail cover
Stay sails 1, little used 107sqft & 2 132sq ft, dark colour polyester (new 2017) with reefing points
Jibs 1 225 sqft & 2 162 sqft
Solid Douglas Fir Mast ( keel steeped) Gaff is hollow Stika Spruce
Colin Frake made wooden blocks (15 plus)and tackle.
Rig made by Rochester Sails Standing Rigging: Galvanised 7x7 wire hand spliced
Running rigging: synthetic Hemp mostly new 2017.
Raymarine RC435i GPS
Clock and Barometer
Tidal Flow Atlas navigation instruments: parallel rule etc.
Ensign and staff
Navigation gauges mounted on a removable wash board.
2 x 34B Fire extinguishers dry powder
first aid kit.
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