Friday, 10 September 2010

Gigha, yacht no 9

Gigha was built by Bute Slip Dock Company in 1931 for J Herbert Thom she had a varnished hull in common with his other boats. He fought the other owners for this privilege, as some thought that varnished wood was not a colour. Subsequent owners included:-

            1938 W N Newall
            1960 Miss L C Edwards
            1978 A H Mowatt.

During Mr Mowatt's ownership she spent many years laid up in the open on the shore at Kings Cross on Arran and became derelict. Eventually her restoration was undertaken by the well-known boat-builder and now model-maker David Spy. After a complete rebuild she emerged almost unbeatable in races on the Firth of Clyde.

She is now owned by Scott Raeburn and based at Troon.

For anyone interested her hull colour is now a special light blue/green, which Scott prepared himself.

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