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J335 – Chydorus

Late Fairey Jollyboat J335 – Chydorus is looking for a new home .

J335 is as far as I know the 2nd newest Fairey Jollyboat in existence in the UK.

I have had her for a few years and was planning on rebuilding her to a more modern state of tune.  I had an Int 14 mast and intended to mount it on a crew deck in the front of the boat, with full length  side-tanks, so she could be brought up dry after a capsize.

Currently she needs some work doing to her.  For sure there is a hole just in front of the trasom in the lower hull, which would be easy enough to fix.  There is also quite a bit of decking that would need replacing.  For myself, I would replace the the whole deck, but it would be possible to patch if you would prefer.

She comes with an original wooden-top reynolds mast, both wood centre-board and heavy steel plate.  There is a rudder and tiller, sails and other bits, but as I said, it was always my intention to replace most of this gear with modern stuff.

There is an old cover and an old trolley, with a dodgy trailer…

You can see more images here:

If you would like to know more, please do get back to me on ed@cvrda.org


April 19, 2014   Comments Off on J335 – Chydorus

Jollyboat J94 for sale – lying Looe, Cornwall

J-94 for sale - Looe, Cornwall

J-94 for sale - Looe, Cornwall


Item No: 200591428175

Part restored – needs finishing – attention to hull & aft deck area required.

No Mast, Cotton Main, 3 Cotton Jibs and Spinnaker.

Wooden Board, rudder and 3 tillers

Currently very low price….

Could really do with a good owner!

March 28, 2011   1 Comment

Jollyboat for Sale – J71 Lying Linlithgow – West Lothian

Details from Apollo Duck:


This 18 foot racing dinghy has been in the family since new. Designed by Uffa Fox and built by Fairey Marine. It has been garaged for the last 30 years, except for 2 years use on fresh water. It is ready to sail / race and comes with all necessary equipment, inclubing refurbished road trailer, Dacron sails, spinnaker, sheets, trapeze, fitted PVC cover, lifejackets. It has built in bouyancy to the sides/ rear and bow, Elfstrom self bailers and 2 transom flaps. Alloy Proctor gold mast and boom,on centre horse. Stainless steel rigging and trapeze wires. Timber lifting rudder and timber encased swing centreboard. Woodwork is in excellent condition and sound. Cosmetically could do with decks stripped and revarnished as has been sanded and patched in places. Photo taken in 1966 on loch Lomond, but 20 or more 2010 photos available upon providing me with an e-mail address. Will be moving home shortly and unlikely to be using the boat again, so looking for “a good home”. Rare opportunity for an enthusiast. Available for this years sailing but can store it for a while, if required. Ready to tow away. Viewings welcomed.

Price:  £13,999.00

March 14, 2011   6 Comments

J133 – Going free to good home

Sounds like J133 is in need of quite a bit of work, but if you are looking for a cheap shell for a complete rebuild then this might be worth following up on:


If you want to chat the idea over…..leave a message here.


February 24, 2011   3 Comments

How much is your Jollyboat worth?

The whole question of value is very hard to ascertain with any classic wooden dinghy, but it seems especially so for Jollyboats.  I think we would all agree that the Fairey Jollyboat is one of the most beautiful racing dinghies of the 50s-60s and yet with no functioning class association and no racing, the demand for these wonderful boats can be intermittent at best.

For quite a few years, none came on the market and there was certainly a few people who had money in their pockets who were prepared to pay a reasonable amount to get a boat.  This lead to some owners spending quite a lot of money on re-builds and in one case down here in Cornwall, of even starting afresh on a new-build.  But then a few came on the market and suddenly there was a very real absence of people wanting to take a Jollyboat on.  This has lead to a very abrupt fall in the expected price for a Jollyboat on the open market.

The crux is that most owners, when they want to sell a Jollyboat are far more interested in making sure their old friend goes to a good home, rather than in necessarily getting the best price.  This has meant that boats have sometimes been given away (to a good home) rather than being put on on ebay, where they may be sold for such a low price that they run the risk of being bought to be used as a garden ornament.

On the other hand, no-one would deny that the  Jollyboat is thoroughbred and a truly great boat, for fun, for racing, for the family.  Surely, therefore one would expect to have to pay a half-reasonable amount to buy one that is ready to go on the water?

But for sure, the marketplace is very confused on what is the going price for a Jollyboat:

For example, there was one on ebay recently for over £1500, whereas at the same time there was one on the CVRDA forum for £150.  I would like to believe that a good Jollyboat was worth £1500, but horrified that one could go for £150, but still the one for £150 sold (and is coming to Roadford Lake – which is great news!) and the other most probably didn’t.

So who’s to know?

Jollyboat for sale on Ebay

Jollyboat for sale on Ebay

and on the CVRDA Forum:

Jollyboat for sale on CVRDA Forum

Jollyboat for sale on CVRDA Forum

February 22, 2011   1 Comment

Jollyboat Sula – In desperate need of new home!

Sula is a gorgeous Jollyboat but now in real need of a quite a bit of tender loving care.

She was made in the 1950s and was kept at Roe Island Sailing club along with her very sucsesful sister boat – Samantha J35.

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It would be really nice if we could find someone who was willing to take on Sula and get her back to her original condition and come sail with the rest of us.

You can see a full set of images of her sailing in the 50s and now by clicking here.

For more details, please do just get in touch with me on ed@cvrda.org

March 11, 2009   4 Comments

Fairey Int 14 – Iolanthe K556 for sail

Fancy starting a Fairey Marine collection?

Want something like the Jollyboat, but a bit shorter?

Always fancied a 14?

If so, grab this 14 now:

See details at: http://www.cvrda.org/community/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1497

Iolanthe - K556 for sale

Iolanthe - K556 for sale

It would be hard to find a Fairey 14 nicer than this.

For more details, post here, or email me on ed@cvrda.org.

April 28, 2008   2 Comments

Jollyboat looking for new home

Jollyboat Sula is looking for a careful new owner.

She needs quite a bit of work doing to her.  She was given to me a couple of years ago, by the owner at the time, who had started to undertake the work, but had then lost faith.

She certainly needs new decks and a few holes in the hull need fixing.  But there is no doubt that she is certainly worth it.  I was going to do this work myself, but at moment my hands are full with getting J3 back on the water in time for the Nats in July.  I am also picking up another Jollyboat project in the near future, so Sula really needs to find a new home.

I have got a centre-plate and rudder, most probably a boom, but I suspect the mast has had it.  There are some sails, but I would really suggest getting some new canvas I think.

She was a Fairey hull that was fitted out by another boat-builder.  I do not know exact date, but suspect she is an early boat 1955-1957.  She does not have a number as she has never been registered.

I do have some photos and paperwork as I have been in touch with the original owner.

I am not looking for any money, but would just really like to see Sula go to a good home.

She is presently down in Cornwall, but I may be able to deliver her if you could pay the petrol.

If you want to hear any more, please do just post here or contact me on ed@cvrda.org.



April 28, 2008   1 Comment

Jollyboats at Fairey Marine 50th Anniversary Regatta

This was the last time we all got together in 1996 or so.

Really about time we got back together again.

February 3, 2008   Comments Off on Jollyboats at Fairey Marine 50th Anniversary Regatta

Jollyboat J17 came up for sale….but now gone to a good home

Hopefully we will hear more about J17 soon as there does not look like too much work to do on her.






February 2, 2008   1 Comment

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January 28, 2008   Comments Off on Hello world!