"Wendy Dee", Gaff Cutter SOLD
WENDY DEE was based on the design of the traditional Mevagissey sailing/working vessels but by adding flair on the bows and cutting away the forefoot it has made for a much drier boat which comes about more easily than the traditional straight stem designs. Lines at the stern have been fined but the full bilge amidships has been retained giving excellent stability and seaworthiness.
Why I bought her
WENDY DEE was originally built for the builders own use and because of this she was built to the highest standards of traditional boat building.
When I saw Wendy Dee it was love at first sight, she looked so boaty and solid.
What I did to her
Just about everything:- Over a period of 6 years with the help of a local shipwright.
WENDY DEE underwent a major re-fit in 1997
Due to this work she is now a very dry boat taking in no water through her seams.
Almost a new boat!
Where have we been on her
We have sailed her for three years throughout the whole seasons only coming out in the spring for a few weeks.
WENDY DEE has been afloat for 3 years and only taken out during the spring months for anitfouling and general maintenance. She has been sailed throughout the seasons on the South coast and performs admirably under sail and power.
We often have been out in seas (when no one else is) where we loose her bowsprit on the next wave. She is a dry boat under these conditions and I don't recall ever getting a greeny over us.
Because of her sail area we generally reef the mainsail on a force 4-5. Under light airs she just sails herself leaving the helmsman to hang off her shrouds amidships.
Although there is not an active race set up for such a yacht in this area we have enjoyed taking part in the local classic rallies over the past 3 years. She is not a slow boat due to her easily driven hull and generous sail area. Because we have sailed her with growing children, due to the fact she has no winches there has been no problem with crushed fingers, just sometimes requiring two children rather than one to haul in the headsail sheets.
WENDY DEE does create attention wherever she goes and does look just as good out of the water as in, unlike some yachts.
Her bowsprit is retractable which has been an advantage in marinas and when manoeuvring into tight corners.
Under engine she has a more than ample power which drives her through any condition at up to 6 knots. Unlike other long keel boats she is responsive in astern, port or starboard or just straight astern.
Although WENDY DEE is a 4 berth yacht in our case we have sailed and cruised her with 5 plus a dog. As her pictures show, she looks good, sails good and is good!
Why am I selling her
More projects! Just acquired another smaller boat which requires re-building, just finished a new rowing skiff which is taking me on
the water 3 days a week training, plus planning building a second rowing gig (wife
doesn't know about this). About to race
min-tonners at a local club (partly due to Wendy Dee as we had a great time this last summer racing her in the rallies), sadly there
are no frequent races for gaffers.