"Wind Song", Maurice Griffiths Gaff Cutter Lying Suffolk
Having sold 'Norsaga', the first of the Purbrook Heron class, after twelve years, we wanted a larger shoal-draft yacht of character, with a good beam and space for two teenagers and a smaller child. After a very long search, Wind Song was really the only possibility. Quite a lot of structural work was needed, the very poor Bermudan rig was replaced with the original gaff and a huge amount of time spent getting the accommodation and general layout into its current form.
Entering the Deben
The boat is now ideal for a typical cruise on the East Coast, very comfortable for a family party, or for three or four adults, for at least a week away. Sailing performance for a boat of this type is surprisingly good - we are often the only boat happily tacking into somewhere like the Crouch, when dozens of modern yachts have resorted to their engines. Manoeuvring under sail is a pleasure, enabling us to anchor and moor, and explore narrow creeks without using the engine except in exceptional conditions. The centreplate is a great advantage and gives no problems.
Under power, the feathering propeller has helped performance under engine considerably, as well as allowing an increase in speed under sail and improving the steering. This type of propeller is much more efficient in astern than one with fixed blades.
Wind Song is pictured, when new in 1929, on the cover of Maurice Griffiths' "Sixty Years a Yacht Designer" and looks very little different today.
Griffiths himself owned her in the 1950's and gave advice to the present owner during repair and improvement works in 1992/3.
Wind Song was in the list of Classic Boat magazine's "Top 200" yachts, published in February 2005.
She is an ideal vessel for cruising on the East Coast, with shallow draft, handy performance in confined waters and easy motion at sea. The engine is seldom necessary. Accommodation is spacious and well laid out, providing considerable comfort and convenience; the result of many years' development by successive owners.
The vessel is maintained to a good standard , which it is hoped the next owners will continue.