For downwind sailing, Runn can fly a large running spinnaker – it has slightly narrower shoulders than the original to reduce rolling – plus an asymmetric in a snuffer. This is flown from a bowsprit engineered to be fitted through the bow roller in minutes – perfect for short-handed sailing.
Runn has a small skeg-hung rudder typical of the era. The Swan 43 was built with a trim tab on the back of its keel. This has been glassed over on many boats, yet Charles chose to keep it on Runn. With careful adjustment of the three wheels at the steering position, the helmsman can balance a powerful sail plan both reaching and beating.
That trim tab exemplifies Hill’s approach. He has been thorough and principled throughout, restoring Runn in line with her original ethos – to be strong, seaworthy and to offer optimum performance. Although the total cost has been equivalent to the purchase of a new production boat, boats like Runn are simply not available on the market today. She is beautiful functionally and aesthetically. Better still, she’ll be sailed and loved for many years to come. Hill’s philosophy shines through in this foot pump, which is actually a plastic Whale Gusher footpump with a brass cover he engineered To allow serious cruising, the bow has been modified to take a custom-build double anchor roller, which doubles up to take a small bowsprit for the asymmetric spinnaker A watertight bulkhead separates the forepeak from the anchor locker Hill’s solution to tender storage, constructed by himself. It can be removed easily when in racing mode The perspex decklights had deteriorated over time. Hill managed to replace them with glass and brass versions from Classic Marine in Suffolk This original brass halyard winch is on trial – Hill is keen to keep this beautifully engineered feature, but only if the wire halyard for the roller-furling jib does not detract from Runn’s sailing performance The interior joiner work was entirely replaced. When he couldn’t buy grabrails and louvred teak vents,
Hill hand-made replacements in his workshop Custom-made cup and tool-holders exemplify how every aspect of Runn’s interior has been engineered for efficiency