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Posts from — February 2008

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   No Comments

J9 Pataka Restoration and re-build images

This Blogsite has got a few of these images on it.

But here is the full set:


February 20, 2008   No Comments

Canadian Jollyboat

This image was sent to me by Justin Cetas of his Jollyboat in Canada.

More info as soon as I have it

February 3, 2008   2 Comments

Jiminy – Finished and looking great

Looking fantastic!!

Looking forwards to seeing Jiminy on the Water!

February 3, 2008   No Comments

Another Jollyboat looking good

I think this is another of Andrew R’s.

I will look up the details shortly – or you can put them in if you know what they are

February 3, 2008   2 Comments

Wooden Mast Foot for J3

These days most Jollyboats are using aluminum masts and stiff ones at that. But it wasn’t always that way, for a while the ‘wooden-tops’ were common in the fleet, but the earliest boats had wooden masts. Wonderful examples of wood-work. Amazingly light, there was not much weight advantage to going to an ali mast. They were made from two halves, some parts as thin as 1/4in. J3 still has its original mast, but is normally sailed with a Needlespar.

February 3, 2008   No Comments

J261 – More Construction shots of Jiminy

A few more shots of Jiminy in the Workshop:

February 3, 2008   No Comments


I can’t remember what the story is with this Jollyboat. The decks look in very good condition or have recently been re-built. The hull does not look quite so good, but nothing too hard to fix.

I can’t quite tell from the photo, but there looks like something slightly funny going on around the stern decking.

Anybody know the full story on this. If so please do leave a comment.

February 3, 2008   2 Comments

J261 Jiminy in the Workshop

Looks like some pretty serious high quality boat building going on here:

Wonderful shot on a Jollyboat under the decks

I particularly like the shot showing the innerds of a Jollyboat under the decks -It certainly shows how thin the Jollyboat is and also how little reserver bouyancy is provided by the side tanks.

February 3, 2008   No Comments

Mostly Joy

Can’t remember what the story is with this one. Will do some more research and update post. If you know the story – leave a comment.

February 3, 2008   2 Comments

J216 Jollyboat in the Workshop

Need to check details on this one

February 3, 2008   No Comments

J9 Pataka one of the most sucsessfull Jollyboats ever

J9 was rebuilt recently and is now in good hands. It was a really good job and they took an interesting approach to the problems the Jollyboat always has of keeping the hull rigid by putting in a set of ribs. This seems like a good idea on the whole as long as you don’t fall over them.

February 3, 2008   No Comments

Jollyboat at the Isle of White Dinghy Museum

There are a few Jollyboats on the Isle of White, but I am afraid I am not aware of any of the still on the water.

I am told that there is one hanging from the ceiling of the Royal Squadron bar…..if you can confirm….do.

These are some photos of the Jollyboat in the museum. Will confirm number later.

Jollyboats at IOW Museum

Jollyboats at IOW Museum

I do like the centre-sheeting on this boat. This method used to be very common, but many boats that had it have now died and the few that still have it have been reverted to stern sheeting. I think there is a fair chance that I will use this on next Jollyboat that I renovate…..whenever that is.

Which I guess will be when I can next afford it

Jollyboats at IOW Museum

February 3, 2008   2 Comments

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   No Comments

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