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Whilst sailing with three other AOA members on board, our discussions covered several aspects of owning and sailing the 31ft Atalanta. Only 12 complete 31ft boats were ever built, but the 13th hull is still intact. Here’s what we know:
31/6 Caperdonich Anstruther Restored and regularly sailing 31/9 Destiny The Netherlands Restored and sailing. 31/12 Peanut Wirral Ketch rig with bilge keels – sailing in 2007
Recently sailing and needing repairs:
31/4 Gellie Roseneath, Clyde Damaged in 2013 storm. 31/10 Zambra Conyer SC
Under cover, restoration started:
31/1 Sancerre Bushey, nr Watford Under cover, restoration proceeding slowly 31/8 Trio of Playford Austin, Texas For sale, under cover, considerable work done.
31/7 Moby Dick Bushey. nr. Watford For sale in poor condition. Donor for A31/13? 31/13 (Bare hull) Bushey. nr. Watford For sale with A31/7
Very likely written off:
31/11 Petesark Truro Last seen 2007 in poor condition 31/2 Freedom II Canberra Australia 1975 Unknown fate 31/3 Balloo In Germany Unknown fate 31/5 Elpenor II In France Unknown fate
In other words, there are probably 5 boats which with varying degrees of work are capable of being restored to sailing condition. Gellie and Zambra were both sailing until recently, while Sancerre and Trio have been kept under cover and cared for over many years. Moby Dick and the 13th hull will require the most work.
One problem we identified is that, unlike 26ft Atalantas the 31ft boats aren’t so readily trailable, and probably need to be moved with the help of an HGV.
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