Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze Yeoman Y67

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze was a 20ft Yeoman keelboat, originally built by Landamores in Wroxham in the about 1974 or 1975.

In 1991 I was sailing my Enterprise dinghy Clod at Horning Sailing Club and wanted something that wasn't so wet. I found Sea Breeze in Edinburgh, at a yard under the old Forth Railway Bridge, for a thousand pounds. She was called C Breeze at that time, but when I was renovating her later found her original name was Lapis Lazuli, in common with many other early Yeomans that were named after gemstones.

It needed some work before I could use it. I got Moores of Wroxham to put in new seat supports, floor bearers, king plank and king post. I also replaced the sails with a new racing set from Jeckells and the boom. After being rammed by a white boat at Thurne, I also needed some hull damage repaired and a new mast.

Later Phil Betts took over the construction of the boats from Moores and he made me a new road trailer from a horse box. He also converted her to a single winch system, re-glassed the cuddy and fitted below deck jib furling.

 

I mostly sailed her in and around Horning but made a trip up to Rutland water once for the Nationals and then in about 1998 moved her to Queen Mary Sailing Club, near London. Queen Mary insisted that she had more buoyancy fitted, seemed crazy because I had never even had my feet wet in it. Phil Betts came to the rescue and made custom under seat tanks and a new bow tank/bulkhead. 

In an odd link to my cars, I gave Phil my Dutton Phaeton S3 as he was one of the few people I thought might be able to resurrect it. At Queen Mary I needed a trolley to store and launch the boat. Phil agreed to make me one. I was surprised to find the trolley had been made using two of the wheels and hubs from the poor old Dutton, apparently it was beyond saving.

I sold Sea Breeze in 2002 or 2003, as we were leaving the UK on our circumnavigation on Bagpuss. Last I heard she was still sailing on the broads.