Step back in time and Sail away from it all on an old wooden boat.
Charter the whole boat with family and friends.
Enjoy the creak of the blocks, the wind in your hair, the solid warm timbers of an old working boat. Your help will be needed with all aspects of sailing the boat but there will be plenty of time to sit back and watch the world slip by.
Golden Vanity was built in 1908 and is available to charter today, with an experienced skipper. She is a Mumble Bee which is a class of Brixham Sailing Trawler from the late 19th and early 20th century.
She has had a varied and interesting past. She was built for renowned marine artist, Arthur Briscoe who captured some of the last days of working sail from her decks whilst sailing with his wife, small son and sometimes guest crew and pal author Erskine Childers.
She has passed through the care of several owners since then: another artist, 2 Olympic rowers, one chap who took her across the Atlantic on more than one occasion, a charity and now she is in our care.
Golden Vanity was built in 1908, she is very much an historical boat with an interesting past. She is a Mumble Bee class of Brixham Sailing Trawler. Built for any weather she is very stable and really solid.
She was built for the famous marine artist, Arthur Briscoe, who used to paint from her decks some of the last days of working sail. He also used to regularly sail her with close friends including the spy novelist Erskine Childers who wrote Riddle of the Sands.
On deck she is as she was all those years ago. Down below she has been fitted out with all the necessary comforts you might expect on a yacht of her size.
There is no formal course on this trip. You can certainly record your miles in your logbook and they will go towards any RYA qualification you are aiming for.
Whilst the weather sailing of the south coast is actually fairly mild it is important to have the correct clothing.
Space on a boat is always at a premium, so you should pack your clothes in a soft holdall that can be stowed away in a locker. Bags with wheels or metal buckles should be avoided, as these may damage the woodwork on boats. You will need:
We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses.
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On the water courses that teach the beginner how to be a useful crew member and the advanced how to cross oceans.
A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
Shorebased navigation classes that prepare you to safely find your way once afloat.
One day courses that broaden your knowledge and compliment the RYA practical and navigation courses.