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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    and canal cruising Jim on Maybird I brought her down from the East Coast in 1950 there was snow and ice that Christmas and worked her up to a really good condition She was a lovely boat built in Ireland When I worked at Berthon I would still go out with the Russells for pleasure in their boat Maya Maybird Maybird was sold to four New Zealanders with a baby of about four months old but they got out there and had no trouble whatsoever Jim omitted to mention that as well as the four month old baby boy there were another five children all under the age of eleven Jim on the Russell family I was the skipper of a yacht called Joyce which belonged to George Dearie Russell John Russell s father She was a 70 ton vessel of World War 1 vintage and was built in Bayonne in 1917 I was her skipper for many years Mr Russell had a smaller yacht built in the yard at Berthon Lentune which is another name for Lymington and he gave her as a wedding present to his son They sailed off in her on their honeymoon and I went with them as skipper Later when the two children Georgina and Christopher went out with them I used to sleep in a hammock under the boom We used to cross to the other side and go up the Seine and all down the estuary Mr Russell was second in command of Ark Royal during the war He was the smartest chap you ever saw The Berthon Connection 1877 Founded in Romsey by the Reverand E L Berthon and three solicitors to build boats and other floating machines Jim Smith joins Berthon 1917 Mr H G May buys Berthon Boat Company

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    by George Day George Day s account of sailing on Maybird with the Armstrong and Mill families from Tahiti to New Zealand Wooden Boat No 16 May June 1977 To each his Own by George Day George Day s assessment of the sailing and sea keeping qualities of Maybird compared to Jose pha a 30 Tahiti ketch built between 1937 and 1940 in Essex Connecticut Day sailed on both craft and in the final analysis opts for Maybird Phew Yachting World September 1973 Cruising Tahiti s Islands by Gordon Sillars An account of sailing on Maybird in Tahiti and Bora Bora during a stopover on her voyage to New Zealand in 1973 Idyllic stuff with lots of good pictures Classic Boat No 260 February 2010 Classic Charter Guide 2010 Just a brief mention together with a photograph but it is a start National Historic Ships Maybird is included on the National Register of Historic Vessels of the United Kingdon Certificate number 2316 dated 18th January 2010 On their website you can find further details and photographs of Maybird British Classic Yacht Club Maybird is a member of BCYC and further details about her can be found on their website www

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    1949 to 1971 Georgina and Christopher sailed on her as children and teenagers and as Georgina still lives in Lymington she made many visits during the early stages of the project to advise on how Maybird was configured in the 1950 s and 1960 s Theo Rye It was around this period that Theo Rye TheoRye2 aol com 01962 793125 a naval architect and expert on classic wooden yachts advised

    Original URL path: http://www.maybird.co.uk/maybird-restoration-drawings.php (2016-04-26)
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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    mizzen mast had already snapped in half on a windy night on the River Hamble and the main mast was also suspect so the decision was made to replace it Peter has worked on most of the classic restorations in Europe over the last 20 years Bob Snow Bob Snow www maritimeiow co uk 01983 761 784 was selected to provide all of Maybird s spars Bob s workshop is at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and the spars were made of Columbian pine Bob previously worked for the legendary Harry Spencer and like Peter has worked on many classic restorations Andrew Cassell Maybird s original sails were made by Ratsey and Lapthorn www ratseysails co uk in 1937 and were used for her voyage to New Zealand in 1972 The age of her existing sails together with the change of rig required a new sail wardrobe and so Andy Cassell of Ratsey s joined our team as sailmaker Andy and Ratsey s are highly regarded in the classic yacht fraternity and as an experienced sailor himself Olympic gold medallist 1996 his input to the project has been vital Who did what Overview Drawings History Structure Rigging Spars Sails

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    work is more artistic and she also teaches creative metalwork locally Her forge is at Fareham which necessitated many trips between boat and forge to ensure all of the floors each one a one off fitted snugly on each of the oak frames Who did what Overview Drawings History Structure Rigging Spars Sails Blacksmith All things mechanical Painting a masterpiece Carpentry Communication Mentioned in despatches The launch The launch Stepping

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    ingenuity very necessary as we squeezed our mod cons into what is by comparison to a modern production a narrow hull Martin Kimish From time to time Nick called on Martin Kimish Cambrian Land and Sea the Haven 38 Exeter road Bitterne Southampton SO18 2EG 07887 745388 or 02380 462323 a veteran of many classic restorations Valsheda et al Both Nick and Martin proved very adept at getting quarts into

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    ultimately took charge of the business Although a qualified wooden boatbuilder John subsequently specialised in painting and we managed to persuade him out of retirement to join the team John brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with him and I spent many a happy hour whilst painting the bilges on a weekend yarning with John about Fred Shepherd and Fred Parker Not surprisingly the only part of Maybird the

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    working on another classic in Ireland We had to invest in another kettle for the shed and acquired a working fridge from the yard s skip The Maybird café took shape and work progressed amidst the dolcit tones of Radio 2 Mike Moody Chris Wood Paul Hardy Kevin Clark Who did what Overview Drawings History Structure Rigging Spars Sails Blacksmith All things mechanical Painting a masterpiece Carpentry Communication Mentioned in

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