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Lying: Undercover in a shed, Christchurch
Year of Build: 1961. Part 1 Registry Faversham
Rig: 3/4 rigged, alloy mast & boom. Other spars: spinnaker pole and jib whisker pole
Standing rigging: Stainless steel
Rigging screws: Sstainless steel
Sail Maker Area Age
Mainsail Jeckells 14,44m2 1997
Trysail Jeckells 1997
Genoa Jeckells 10,72m2 1997
Keels: Hydraulic lifting equipment (The starboard hydraulic ram has been repaired and needs to be fitted when the boat is lifted out of winter storage in the shed)
Engine: Perkins Diesel 4108 27,3kW 4, probably 1961 original, 8 knots
Engine Controls: Single/twin lever controls
Propellor: 3 blade
Stove: Primis Paraffin Stove
Batteries: x 2
Cockpit Bunk Boards for 2 additional berths under cockpit tent
Bilge Pumps: one manual, one electric
Instruments: Fixed compass cockpit, Handbearing compass cockpit, Trailing log, Depth sounder, GPS 1: Garmin 12, GPS 2: Garmin 72
Inflatable dinghy, Horsehoe life-buoy, Danbuoy
Fire extinguisher x1
Anchor: CQR 25kg, Danforth S-S
Trailer: in good condition
Accommodation: The accommodation is divided by a centre-cockpit that includes a life raft and gives access to the engin beneath the floor. Hinge bunk-boards provide for two more beryhs in the cockpit. The fore-cabin includes a forepeak for the toilette and Anchor rode and two bunks. One of thèse has a radio station above. Aft of the inclined bulkhead there is a gallery and stores to the port and a spacious chart table and stores to starboard. The tool box is fitted beneath cabin step. The aft cabin includes two bunks with access from the deck. An inflatable dinghy is carried on the aft-deck.
Planking: Agba (or White-Tola) veneer applied in four applications to the moulds of the hull and the deck. These were compressed under vacuum in a rubber bag and the adhésive resin cured at 100 °C in a steam heated autoclave (British Standard 1203/4). The technology was developped for the manufacture of the wooden De Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber during WWII and was used also for the airborne lifeboats of the time.
Keels : two retractable keels each of 227kg, are on either side of the hull operated by hydraulic rams. Steel clamps prevent movement of the keels in the swell. With keels raised the draught is 0,45 m and lowered 1,74m. A robust inclined bulkhead supports the mast and the keel pivots.
Solone A162 kithull n° 174 13 November 1961
1961-1965 « Popette » RS Barrett Canterbury
1965 1967 « Pigio » Dr JJ Stephenson, London
1967 1977 « Pigio » TAT Humphries Luton
1978-1987 « Solone » M. Tullis Windermaine ( ?)
1987-1993 Tony Cooke Leeds
1993-1995 Peter Austin, Ringwood
1995-2016 † Keith Alan Viewing, Christchurch / Sacrofano
2016-2017 Pia Viewing (next of kin), France
The boat has been on trip to the River Frome, Wareham, several times crossed over the Channel to Brittany, for BREST 2000 and also sailing around the Sept Îles and south in the Morbihan islands.