LOD 28.58’(8.79m) LWL 27.83’(8.48m) LOS 41.00’ (12.49m) Beam 9.67’ (2.94m) Draught 5.25’ (1.6m) Sail Area 596 sq/ft OGA handicap [T(H)CF]: 0.968
Beta 30 HP diesel (2018) central – 3 bladed, feathering prop
“Susan J” has a GRP hull, based on a Falmouth Working Boat, designed by Percy Dalton. She was built, in 1991, at “Gaffers & Luggers”, Tregatreath Yacht Yard, Mylor Bridge, in Cornwall, by Martin Heard. The hull was then fitted out by Traditional Yacht Services on the Isle of White in 1992, by her first owners, Leslie & Susan Goodfellow, who, we understand, sailed her both from the Solent and to the Mediterranean via the French canals.
She came into the care of the Shaw family in 1999 and, following a major refit in 2002, including a new bowsprit and re epoxying of her hull, she was sailed around Great Britain in 2003. Mike and Dan Shaw have had her maintained, meticulously, over their stewardship and cruised her extensively along the South Coast from their base in Poole, with several trips to France and Holland, Round the Island Races and she took part in the Netherlands Old Gaffers Association 10th anniversary rally in 2014.
“Susan J” is a sea kindly boat, with a traditional, gaff cutter, rig which, perhaps because she has a grp hull, can be tightened and this is reflected in her ability to keep up to the wind when needed. She has never had a topsail. She is cosy down below, with 4 berths, 2 in the saloon and a double in the fore cabin, which, due to her extended coach roof, affords some standing room. A well equipped galley, Taylor paraffin stove and private heads, ensures a high degree of comfort. The small quarter berth has been adapted to provide a more permanent navigation area and extra stowage.
We have been “Susan J”’s third custodians since April 2017. She brought us, safely, from Poole back to her “roots”, in the SW,, where she is moored off Helford Passage. In our first season she rounded the Lizard to Newlyn in strong easterlies both ways, undertook several mini cruises to Fowey and Plymouth, attended Falmouth Classics and joined the OGA “South by Sou’ West” cruise at Plymouth, reaching the Scillies. In 2018, following installation of a new engine, she attended Falmouth Classics, Helford and Plymouth OGA rallies and the OGA55 rally at the Folly Inn Visiting Salcombe, Brixham, Weymouth, Yarmouth Cowes, Itchenor and Beaulie in the Solent en route. David and Julie Patuck (OGA 5870)