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Islander

Islander is an auxiliary ketch, whose history spans 72 years. Holder of a solo round the world navigation record, she still has the wherewithal to win regattas on the classic boat circuit in the Mediterranean. Product of George L. Watson’s company, one of the most renowned yacht designers of all times, Islander has returned to the ship yard to recover its creator’s inherent design.

Islander was built at the famous A.M. Dickie & Sons shipyard in Tarbert, Scotland, for Archibald J. Barr of Kilmacolm, Inverclyde near Glasgow, a “ship owner” by profession as is stated on his wife’s death certificate. Construction began in May 1936 and the boat was delivered in April 1937.

According to the original specifications, the auxiliary cruising ketch Nº570 has the following approximate dimensions: length overall, 56’6 feet; length between perpendiculars, 49 feet; length on waterline, 41 feet; breadth extreme, 12’9 feet; and depth from top of covering board to underside of wood keel amidships, 8’9 feet. The specifications also indicate that Islander was built following Lloyds special survey.

As far as the materials are concerned it is of Burmese teak, air dried for eight years. The frames are of “truly grown British oak” spaced 21” apart and reinforced with galvanised floors. The planking is 11/2” thick teak, the deck is also of “first quality” Burmese teak, 21/2” by 11/2”, fastened directly onto the beams with “heavy brass screws”. The quality of the materials makes Islander extremely seaworthy, able to  resist the most adverse conditions.

Read the whole story: The Islander, a G.L. Watson pearl shines again .


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