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Welcome to the Fairey Jollyboat Website

Designed by Uffa Fox in 1953, and still actively sailed across the British Isles, Jollyboats here, now range from the thoroughly original, to one developed twin trapeze example, but the majority are still sailed within the spirit of the ‘one design’, utilising modern fittings.

The Jollyboat is a fast exciting boat designed for cruising or racing. In the British Isles, all the hulls (bar 1 under construction) were moulded by Fairey’s, in batches of 4. The boats were completed by, either Fairey’s themselves, or a variety of other boat builders/individuals. The shape and layout of the top deck was laid out in the rules, however the buoyancy could be either tanks or bags – as illustrated in the photos on the site.

This site has been assembled to provide especially new owners, or anyone looking to own a boat, with reference material about Jollyboats – so lots of photos, the basic layout plans etc. A more detailed archive of plans, association paperwork, newsletters and the like is being assembled.

The last organised British Jollyboat Association event (to our knowledge) was the 1971 Nationals, and while the association limped on for a few years after, its not existed formally for a very long time. That said, Jollyboat owners stayed in touch with each other, and with formation of the CVRDA in 1999 an umbrella association that most owners associate with has been there. Jollyboats are regularly sailed at CVRDA events, and other classic events such as the Bosham Classic Boat Revival.

We are always trying to expand our knowledge of the boats that survive, so if you have one, please make contact.

Contact can be made via the main CVRDA website, or if you post on either on the CVRDA forum in the ‘Boat Chat’ section, or the CVRDA facebook page, we’ll see it.

December 16, 2020   Comments Off on Welcome to the Fairey Jollyboat Website

Classic Boat Museum – Cowes, IOW

J80 ‘Comet’ is part of their collection

January 22, 2021   Comments Off on Classic Boat Museum – Cowes, IOW

Event at Loch Lomond – 1960’s

January 22, 2021   Comments Off on Event at Loch Lomond – 1960’s

J362

Auctioned in 2017 & likely exported to China.

December 31, 2020   Comments Off on J362

J325

Actively sailed since restoration:

Photo by Colin Urry

December 28, 2020   Comments Off on J325

J51

Sold in 2021 and believed to be in Dorset.

December 28, 2020   Comments Off on J51

J23

Restoration of ‘Festina’ in 1998/99. Location now unknown.

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J23

J42

Last known in Scotland – 1970’s

1960’s – Bala or Loch Lomond?
Early 70’s restoration.

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J42

J71

Bought as a completed boat from Fairey’s, and owned by the same family for nearly 60 yrs. They modernised the boat themselves – converted it to fully tanked (front tank & full length side tanks), and replaced the original spars.

Loch Lomond – 1960’s
2017 – Scotland

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J71

J9

Beyond repair in 2014 & scrapped. Had been restored 10-15 yrs earlier.

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J9

J – Sula (number unknown)

Was beyond restoration so scrapped.

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J – Sula (number unknown)

J320

Developed Jollyboat – South coast 2008?

December 27, 2020   Comments Off on J320

J1

Collection of photos from old posts – collection from IOW:

December 25, 2020   Comments Off on J1

J261

Collection of photos from old posts – 2007 – 2008:

December 25, 2020   Comments Off on J261

J17 – Allegria Falls to Pirates

Allegria - J17 falls to Pirates and is scuttled

Allegria – J17 falls to Pirates and is scuttled


Once upon a time I was a young man and used to crew fireflies for my school friend who sailed in Chichester Harbour from Itchenor. Tim’s dad had a Jollyboat, J17 Allegria, and occasionally I would sail in her too.

Skip on many years, I thought it would be quite fun to get a j Jollyboat to show the Wayfarer fleet at Lydney YC a thing or too. After a few searches on the internet, a suitable boat was found and we set off to collect her, only to find out that the boat I had found was Allegria.

Unfortunately, when I got her home, I discovered that the hull and Keel were in very poor condition with very little sound wood aft of the mast step in the bottom of the boat.

It was too hard to let her go though, so she sat in a corner of the barn for several years awaiting a mammoth restoration, but eventually my head won out over my heart and she was given to another friend to celebrate her birthday in.

So Allegria was eventually taken by rum drinking pirates and wrecked…

Al

October 13, 2011   Comments Off on J17 – Allegria Falls to Pirates

J 161

Well this is my first ever blog.
This Fairey finished boat is being redecked with the help of my friend Ian, Jollyboat deck maestro and owner of the very beautiful J261 Jimini.
I have the Jollyboat owners association records and have been trying to keep a list of active boats.
Please let me know if you have a Jollyboat.
I have been phoning and emailing to get as many Jollyboats as are saillng to Bosham Classic boat revival 25 and 26th June.
At least 5 boats going and of course lots of classic day boats and CVRDA boats.

Decks off J161

Decks off J161

This is why the decks needed replacing - extensive areas of delamination.

This is why the decks needed replacing - extensive areas of delamination.

Bung through to cavity under deck

Bung through to cavity under deck

New bulkhead and new deckbeams.

New bulkhead and new deckbeams.

Foredeck going on.

Foredeck going on.

Tanks had "fillet" of black glue which had cracked. All removed and replaced by epoxy.

Tanks had "fillet" of black glue which had cracked. All removed and replaced by epoxy.

More pictures to follow as work progresses.

May 29, 2011   7 Comments

Jolly Fox J83 still looking good at Bosham

Photos of Jolly Fox at Bosham:

https://picasaweb.google.com/boshamsail … /JollyFox#

Looking forwards to seeing her in the flesh in June!

Jolly Fox - J83

J83 is still looking for a decent trailer of combi, so if anyone has got one, do get in touch.

March 29, 2011   1 Comment

J94

Sold on ebay 2011.

J-94 for sale - Looe, Cornwall

March 28, 2011   1 Comment

Rudder profile

I used to race (J35 Samantha ) in the late 60 s early 70s and we were using the new profile rudder blade which had a straight ( horizontal) base but still had the swept back leading edge . It was far superior to the old blob type rudder.

Terry

April 28, 2008   1 Comment

Jollyboat New Build Blog

Keep in touch with Steve Moore’s incredible new boat.

http://steveboat.blogspot.com

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Jollyboat to be built in the last 35 years in the UK.

It looks like a fantastic effort and we are all itching to see her on the water.

What number does she get? Now there is a good question and maybe one that Andrew Richardson – keeper of the records can answer….but not I!

March 12, 2008   10 Comments