Have you tried a Ta­marisk?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

Dick Durham’s search for his per­fect gaffer brought back fond mem­o­ries of ten sea­sons' sail­ing Ire­land’s in­com­pa­ra­ble West Coast in a small gaffer, only 24ft but draw­ing just un­der 4ft with a long keel: near enough Dick’s spec. She coped mag­nif­i­cently with ev­ery­thing the At­lantic could pro­duce and was well set up be­low for one or two. Even an­cient Hooker sailors would come over with tears in their eyes to tell me she was ‘a real boat’.

She was a Ta­marisk 24: a GRP hull with a wooden mast and wooden trim on coam­ings, gun­wales and in the cabin. A real joy. She’s de­signed by David Can­nell with in­put from John Leather, and built by North Cornish Boats. There is a Ta­marisk 28, but she lacks the 24’s de­light­ful sheer­line. Good luck in your search (and, if I’ve helped, make it a Jame­son’s). Mick De­lap

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