Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Branklet - Roach's sister ship

I have been approached by Nigel, who chartered Branklet (Roach's sister ship) for his honeymoon in September 1969! He kindly allowed me to post the picture on here. She is aground in the Swale with his wife in the cockpit. Nigel chartered her from Blackwater Yacht Charters based at Dan Webb and Feesey's yard at Maldon. I believe this is where Roach was also based as a charter yacht.

There is some confusion as to how many yachts were made to design 295, but Souris, Roach and Branklet appear to have been all built to this design. There is still Truant and Crouch that are not accounted for, but it is possible they have been re-named. Both of these could be built to Dallimore's smaller design though.

Roach is very similar to Branklet apart from the fact that Branklet seems to have an offset foreward hatch. There is no evidence on Roach to suggest she ever had an offeset hatch arrangement. Roach also has a central skylight (as in the design) which I think makes the interior feel much airier. A previous owner has added portlights on Roach, again making the interior much lighter. Branklet must have been a very dark yacht inside looking at the transparency - I don't even see deck prisms.

Sorry having a problem with pictures today!


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