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Jollyboat mainsail

I am looking for a second hand mainail in reasonable condition, a bit less baggy than my present one.

April 24, 2014   2 Comments

JUolly boats in Germany, 1943?

I’m a writer in Baltimore, USA, starting work on a book that involves, among other things, a Jew hiding in Berlin during the war who bought a “jolly boat” in 1943. Do you have:
* photos of a jolly boat that would have been common in Germany in those years.
* the dimensions of such a boat & details on its mast, rigging, oars, speed, etc.
* details on materials used in constructing it
* a sense of how popular such boats were in Germany or Europe in general at that time.

March 29, 2014   1 Comment

Jolly Boat wanted for restoration project

Hi All, I am a keen amateur looking for a Jolly Boat as a restoration project, I have had experiance in all kinds of wooden boatbuilding in the past so confident to take on most projects….I would be interested in anything anyone may have looking for a new caring home. Nick Rowton-Lee

March 29, 2014   2 Comments

jollyboat 13 kc


March 29, 2014   1 Comment

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…


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

Sula now desperate for Rescue


Jollyboat Sula is still looking for a good home.

She is free for anybody who wants to just come and pick her up. All I would like is to see this wonderful old Jollyboat brought back to life. It would be quite possible to do so, but I don’t pretend that it wouldn’t be quite a big job.

If you would like to know more, please do just look at the photos at: http://bit.ly/imxj2l

and get in touch with me as soon as possible.

She really won’t last another winter.


May 25, 2011   5 Comments

Rules & Measurement Form – Now online

We now have three sets of Jollyboat Rules and a Measurement Form on this site.

Of course, as the Owners Association is not currently established, there is nothing or nobody to say that you have to stick within these rules! In reality few of us have stayed exactly within the last known ratified set of rules from 1967, although most have tried to stay within their spirit.

There is some confusion due to the fact that we know that there was a set of amendments to the rules prepared for the 1971 AGM, which included a wide set of changes that reflected a wish by the class membership for a much looser set of rules allowing for some development by the owners. This included an extension to mast height and freeing of the rudder shape.

There was also a set of proposed rule amendments made in 1993, which we have, but as the class association was never re-formed, we can only presume that they were never ratified and we can only guess as to the support they had then or now from Jollyboat owners.

Anyway, they are now available from this website here.

April 2, 2011   Comments Off on Rules & Measurement Form – Now online

Sails and spars

I own J US 191 since 1967.It came with sails that dated back to 1958. I have restored this boat several times over the past 40 years, but never got “on board” with the upgrades in spars and sails that I saw in the 1970’s- Bendy booms and masts for instance> I would like to get some suggestions as to current spar types/sources and related sail makers> Judging by the action pictures on this site there have been some huge rigging changes.
I also came across a reference to production of foam cored glass boats( as opposed to the solid glass boats that apparently lacked the stiffness to weight ratio of the wooden boats)I f anyone can put me on to a foam cored jolly source, I’d be grateful.

September 29, 2010   1 Comment

Rigging a Spinnaker

I have an 18ft Jolly Boat that I have just fitted with a spinnaker though I have yet to finish rigging it.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to the simplest and cleanest way ro rig the sail?


Justin Cetas

Portland, OR USA

April 15, 2009   2 Comments

mast steping on a fiberglass jollyboat

I am looking for information on how to step the mast on a fiberglass boat that I was told is a Jollyboat.  The mast is aluminum and has a UK manufacturer.  Both hull and upper decks are molded fiberglass.  The foredeck has a “cutout” slot for the mast.  The sole of the boat has a small “slot” for the base of the mast which has a “screw with a phenolic disk”, I presume for tensioning the mast & stays.  Any advice is welcome; what should the mast base look like and the reciever?

April 15, 2009   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.


April 28, 2008   1 Comment

Is that a Jollyboat on Youtube?

This film is mainly about the YW Scow…..but towards the beginning of this film there is a bit with what certainly looks like a Jollyboat being passed through a 1st story window.

Strange thing is that it has smaller side-decks and seats inside rather like an Albacore.  What do you think?


March 12, 2008   Comments Off on Is that a Jollyboat on Youtube?

Jollyboat New Build Blog

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


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

Papers found for J3 – Missy

I never knew the name for my Jollyboat…..and have normally called her ‘Effie’ after my mother.
I knew that it was made for Max Aitken and lived for a long while in his boat house next to Uffa Fox’s in Isle of White.  I knew it was sailed by Hillary Laing (Feranti) quite a bit before being used for development and research into ‘fast’ hull shapes when it was fitted with a speedo gland and presumably big clocks.  The clocks have gone although the place where they were is still evident.

But Andrew Richardson – Keeper of the Records for all things Jollyboat has found the original measurement form for J3 andnow I know she was called ‘Missy’.

Great news and hopefully we will be able to bring out more of this kind of information in the future.

Here is the Measurement Form.

J3 Missy Measurement Papers



February 20, 2008   Comments Off on Papers found for J3 – Missy