Lucie B

Lucie B, a 32ft smack yacht was built by Butler & Co and launched in August 2005. She proved herself to be strong, comfortable and sea worthy on her first voyage to the Solent, where force 7 weather off Dover harbour and rough wind-against-tide conditions around North Foreland tested her on her return from the International Southampton Boat Show.

She is very enjoyable to sail, with her simple cutter rig, Wicker-Martin self-furling jib and foot well steering position. Below deck she cruises comfortably with four berths, accessible galley, workbench, ample storage space and a cosy Faversham wood burning stove. She is very light and airy with her skylight and fresh "beach-hut" greens and sandy colours - she has both hints of Sally B and Ziska but has her own particular feel and character, particularly different because of her 28hp Beta Marine engine!

The keel of Lucie B was laid on the 1st March 2005 and launched on 20th August of the same year. She was built in the traditional way of taking measurements from a half-model and then scaling up using battens and patterns to reproduce the finished boat in full size. She is framed in English Oak; her backbone, planking and deck are the South African hardwood Iroko, and she is fastened with bronze and copper. Lucie B has recently been bought by a syndicate of two proud new owners. They are looking for a third partner to enjoy the smack; she will be based in the mean time at Hollowshore, Faversham.

 L.O.A.  32 ft
 L.W.L.  27 ft
 Beam  10 ft
 Draft  4.5 ft
 Displacement  10 tons
 Sail Area  800 sq ft
 Engine  28hp Beta Marine
 Accessories  Faversham wood burning stove, Lavac toilet, Belfast sink, Spinflo Nelson cooker, Roller-furling gear
 Laying  Faversham Creek, UK

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