Now I know why Barnacle Bill looks familiar. I do indeed remember him/her, thought to be someone's abandoned project, at Wakering in the '80s where my dad laid up his Dragon and we had our Hunter 701 there every winter. Lindsay and Ivan told us that she had done world cruising and, since doing a bit of research, I've discovered more about her illustrious career.Did you notice “Barnacle Bill” as you passed Melton? You may remember her/him sitting more or less abandoned for years at Gt Wakering back in the eighties. Strange how a boat like that ends up in such backwaters again.
Found this from the archive, from page 27 onwards. https://www.riverdeben.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Deben-48-Spring-2014.pdfWe sailed in company with Barnacle Bill in 2007, having met them in Brighton where we were storm-bound for nearly a week, during which we finished off a lot of wine with them. We last saw them in Fowey or possibly Falmouth, from where they were heading for the Med. The last we heard was from them in Cadiz. They used to live in Waldringfield but we have lost touch with them.
Very interesting, thanks. It ties in with the story they told us that the original owner had specified a coachroof and that S&S had tested this in a wind tunnel and found little loss of performance. I see that they replaced the Hydrovane. It was the star of the show in Brighton, when Jon returned to the boat to find the blade missing. His attempts to dive for it were unsuccessful but his son turned up for social reasons and, also being a qualified diver, managed to retrieve it (in spite of marina rules), seen here in the first photo. I think the dog was called William, one of only two canines ever allowed on our boat.Found this from the archive, from page 27 onwards. https://www.riverdeben.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Deben-48-Spring-2014.pdf
Lovely.Cuxton this morning.