Designed by Maurice Griffiths and built in 1931, 'Olive May' was built by Harry King and Sons of Pin Mill, Ipswich, one of three sister ships. She is lying on her Conwy River mooring in North Wales. A very able sea boat which performs well and inspires confidence, she has featured in Classic Boat (September ’92), March (’93) and as Boat of the Month (July 2011). “A very special little ship”.
Overall length (excluding bowsprit): 25’ 6” LWL: 23’ 0” Beam: 8’ 6” Draft: 4’ 3” 7 Tonnes T.M.
Hull of pitch pine planking on sawn oak framing with generally two intermediate steam bent timbers all being copper rove fastened. Heavy oak floors with iron ballast keel and internal lead pig ballast. Keel stepped mast. Spruce beam shelf and bilge stringer with heavy scantling varnished oak deck beams and iroko laid deck over marine ply. Varnished teak bulwark stanchions with varnished iroko bulwark capping and varnished iroko covering board
'Olive Mary' enjoys wide and easily worked side decks with a clear foredeck and low profile teak cabin top trunking. The coach roof is teak laid with varnished teak margins and traditional skylight hatch and a large running hatch as will be seen from photos which can be drawn aft fully enclosing the cockpit. Stanchion rails and guard wires are available but not presently fitted. On deck, forward, galvanised stem head roller for the anchor chain with approximately 3/8” galvanised chain and anchor windlass. Two varnished oak bits for the bowsprit offset to port. Bullseye fairleads. Belaying pins on mast band for halyards and belaying pins against bulwarks to port and starboard. Varnished tongue and groove panelled teak cockpit joinery with access to the engine and further engine access beneath the companionway steps. Internally, a most attractive and traditional yacht interior, with white enamelled deck head between the varnished oak beams. Gloss varnished finish to the inside face of the teak cabin trunking. White enamelled tongue and groove pine panelling to bunk fronts, varnished back and locker fronts. Varnished mahogany cabin sole. Teak cockpit grating.
Spars and Rig
Varnished spruce heel stepped mast with galvanised iron cross trees. Varnished spruce bowsprit. Varnished spruce boom and gaff yard. Galvanised standing rigging with stainless steel forestay bottle screw. Cap shrouds and lower shrouds belayed with traditional dead eyes and lanyards. Running back-stays. Traditional varnished ash blocks for main sheet etc. with Terylene running rigging. Wickham-Martin headsail furling gear.
Traditional interior with two saloon berths. Standing headroom under skylight and sitting headroom under side decks. Galley and oilskin locker. Folding table. Ample storage lockers. Separate WC to port forward of bulkhead and Taylors hob and grill to starboard forward of bulkhead. Fore cabin with two pipe cots with seat lockers under. Hatch to fore deck. Storage lockers and chain locker.
Mainsail in off white clipper canvas with two reefs and tan sail cover. Furling jib in white Dacron with burgundy UV strip. Tan staysail. Working jib in white Terylene. Working staysail in white Terylene. Light jib in tan Terylene. Light staysail in white Terylene. Topsail in white Terylene. Other sails possibly available.
Main new 2016, furling jib new 2012, others in good to serviceable condition.
Perkins 23 HP diesel new 2006/7. Shaft drive to three blade prop. Dynamo charging to two 12 volt batteries. Steel fuel tank approx. 10 gallons.
Includes porthole compass. Sestral handbearing compass. Walker Log. Navman 3100 Depth sounder. Autohelm 2000. ICOM VHF IC-M323G new 2016 (to be connected). Danforth and Fisherman type anchors and Fortress anchor. Hand and electric bilge pump. Electric nav. lights. Beaching legs. Clock and barometer. Ample warps and fenders. Fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
Traditional interior with two saloon berths. Standing headroom under skylight, and sitting headroom under side decks. Galley to port, oilskin locker to starboard. Folding table. Ample storage lockers. Faversham solid fuel stove on main cabin bulkhead port side. Jabsco Manual Toilet forward of bulkhead Port side. Taylors Paraffin Cooker (model 028) starboard side forward of bulkhead. Fore cabin with two pipe cots with seat lockers under. Hatch to fore deck. Storage lockers and chain locker.
'Olive Mary' has been well looked after by her present owner and has received a programme of continual maintenance and upgrading whilst in his ownership, to include:
New Iroko deck on marine ply (1997)
New Ballast keel fairing blocks (1997)
Apron repair (1997)
Fitting a new copper fastened oak floor and keel bolt (2004)
Caulking and stopping below water line (2003)
New galvanised standing rigging (2012)
New Faversham solid fuel stove (2010))
New Taylors 028 paraffin cooker (2010)
New Jabsco Manual toilet (2011)
New Perkins 23 hp diesel engine (2006)
New stainless steel fuel tank (2006)
New flexible water tank. (2015)
New saloon berths (2006)
New electrics (2006)
New furling headsail with burgundy UV strip (2012)
New loose footed main in off white clipper canvas by Patrick Selman of Gaff Sails Falmouth (2016)
New mainsail cover by Patrick Selman (2016)