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Moonfleet, Centreboard Sloop, Project, by Souters, Lying  Essex

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Moonfleet is a classic wooden yacht with loads of character - bought for family use. We sailed her locally a few times but gradually the family lost interest and eventually, so did I.

Her covers are now shredded so she is exposed to the weather She now needs an enthusiast to bring her back to life.

Yachts and Yachting

Most boats are aimed to fill specific needs. Sometimes the governing factor is conditions their home port, sometimes it is the purpose her owner has in mind. Variations may not be great but, as a rule, any given design bears earmarks of some special purpose.

What makes this shoal draft sloop of particular interest is that she really seems to fit any conditions and almost any purpose. Even with her plate up she will be reasonably good under sail, and unlike many boats of which this may be true, her hull form, however, would not make her too uncomfortable on moorings which dry out. She will take rather more list than the recognised Thames Estuary type which is intended to sit quit upright on the mud, but not too much.

It is a truism that a shoal draft boat can float happily wherever deep draft boats can go, where the reverse is by no means true.  However there are many degrees of happiness, and this boat would be quite happy in deep water.   Her designer has done more than just make a boat for shoal waters. 

Here is a ship which could hardly be bettered for an owner who especially wanted to explore the inland waterways of Holland and Belgium- or, for that matter, anywhere....

...she has a mast in a tabernacle which should be reasonably easy to lower, while that pleasing double ended hull will give the crew no anxiety whatever the weather in North Sea or Channel.

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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