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'Nightfall' is a shoal-draft gaff cutter and was built for WD Silcock and his wife to gently sail on the Norfolk Broads and around the Suffolk Coast. She was designed by Harold Lidston who lived in Cowes.
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Built 1910 by Frederick Miller of Oulton Broad and originally named 'Nautilus' to a design by HH Lidstone to a fairly high price for an owner and his wife to cruise the Broads as well as coastal cruising.
She was kept in immaculate condition by the owner for 20 years until he was no longer able to use her in 1931. She was then bought by Maurice Griffiths who wrote about her in 'Ten Small Yachts' (whilst aboard her) and 'Magic of the Swatchways'.
She changed hands twice prior to the war, belonging to a Dr. Gordon Grenville and a Major Shackell who used her until the end of the war. She was then purchased by a yard and refitted internally as a speculation and sold to a Mr May.
She was purchased in 1961 by a Mr. AF Braithwaite and a syndicate from Hertfordshire and had some £500 spent on her in a major refit. Mr. Morrison bought her in 1970 and cruised in Holland on the Ijsslemeer and around the Dutch Friesian Islands. She also went on the OGA Heineken Rally in 1974.
Mr. & Mrs. Saville bought her in 1976, only a matter of weeks before the East Coast Race.
She was bought by the current owners Martyn and Bryony Mackrill in March 1984.
Gaffers Log 73/2, 71/4, 68/4, 90/4
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Carvel pitch pine on oak, copper fastened with long iron keel
Moored in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Length on waterline (LWL):
Lister Diesel in 1967; Morris in 1910
Last updated: April 26, 2016