"Jester" Bermudan Sloop Lying Hamble
Jester is a delightful boat for comfortable day sailing. She has two berths - one on either side of the engine/centerboard casing. She was built in 1938 by the famous Portsmouth builder Harry Feltham. She is constructed of mahogany on rock elm frames with copper fastenings. She has a lifting steel keel which is housed in a polished teak casing.
The engine is a Stuart Turner single cylinder 2 stroke fitted with a Dynostart providing both a charging system and electric starting The rig is Bermudan with tan sails. Roller furling jib and roller reefing main.
She is ready to sail - a survey is available dated 1999 showing the extensive work undertaken. The boat was completely refastened in 1998 by the Elephant Boatyard. She was taken down to bare wood both inside and out and painted and varnished to a high standard.
The engine was completely overhauled by Fairways Marine - the acknowledged experts on these famous engines Jester was designed by Tommy Tanner who went on to start the department of aeronautics at Southampton University. He designed several yachts in his time. Several old pictures of Jester are available including the original line drawing . The original performance figures of the Stuart Turner engine are also available.
Jester sails very well in ALL conditions typically making good a speed of 4-5 knots. She is well balanced. She is gently in heavy weather as long as she is well reefed. Jester sails extremely well giving a comfortable motion even in heavy seas.
She has been used for extensive sailing around the Solent with up to 4 people on board. During the summer of 2000 we had a long sail to Salcombe with 2 on board and she performed exceedingly well.
She is excellent for children as all loads and sheets, lines, halyards etc are light.
Jester always attracts a great deal of attention everywhere she goes - a real eye catcher.
With sadness we are now moving on to a bigger boat.