In 2000, with a young family of a 3 year old and a 1 year old, we bought Scimitar with the purpose of cruising locally around the East Coast. The main reasons we chose her was that we wanted a traditional boat that ‘looked the part’ and was in-keeping with our local waters such as the beautiful River Deben, as well as a boat that was stable and safe in moderate conditions and provided good accommodation.
Every year we use Scimitar extensively for weekend cruising, day trips and each year have spent our two week summer holiday on her, on occasion sailing to London and the Medway. The reason for selling is that we now want to buy a bigger boat for more extended cruising.
Her performance under sail is remarkably good. She points well and achieves good speed to windward. Cracking off she really picks up the pace and on a broad reach you can literally feel her accelerate as soon as the cruising chute fills. Her deep cockpit provides excellent shelter and safety, especially for young children. The brand new engine is superb – quiet, smooth, economical and with a lot of power to make good speed even against the strongest tides.
Her low draft means that there’s no cruising area around the East Coast we can’t easily explore and we have spent many lovely nights at anchor having cosy evenings below in the saloon lit beautifully by the two oil lamps. Alternatively, on warm evenings we frequently set up a BBQ on the stern.
Some people are put off wooden boats by the amount of maintenance required. In my experience, I spend just a few days a year topping up the varnish and, apart from the usual jobs you would expect on any boat, there’s very little else to do. The mast only needs to be un-stepped and varnished perhaps every four or so years (this was last done professionally in October 2008).
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Since her purchase we have kept the boat up to a high specification and carried out many improvements. Some of the more recent items are as follows:
• Re-painted 2008; mast re-varnished 2008
We are now looking to get a bigger boat
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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
or email to: adrian@EasternYachts.com
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