Contenders in the Falmouth Classics all have a significant history with designs and construction showcasing some superb craftsmanship and beautiful boats. Words like ‘traditional’, ‘classic’ and ‘heritage’ conjure up images of majestic vessels built by time-served craftsmen using quality workmanship and skills that are not learnt or mastered overnight.
Mylor Yacht Harbour has a pedigree of such work dating back to the 1800s and while the customer base may have changed the skills and traditions of quality boat maintenance and repair remain to this day.
The master shipwrights of Mylor’s Marine Team have worked on more than their share of head-line grabbing classics in the form of major restorations, refits and builds – but there is another side to the Marine Team’s work which involves the on-going care and maintenance of some of the great beauties of the Carrick Roads.
While Altricia, a 1965 McGruer classic CR, became a London Boat Show centrepiece following a two year restoration at Mylor, the beguiling Pinuccia – a 1939 jewel in the crown of Hotel Tresanton – has been buffed and pampered to summer-perfection by the Mylor team working methodically alongside her crew.
“We keep Pinuccia in peak condition to give our guests the most amazing experience of sailing an historic yacht around Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads,” says skipper Tommy Whiles. “We love working with the shipwrights and technicians at Mylor as we know everything above and below decks will be immaculate and well looked after.”
“The nature of the materials and the effects of the elements mean there’s a continual need for on-going specialist care and attention,” says Marine Team Project Manager Henry Goldsmith. “That’s where we can help – whether we’re carrying out full refits or restorations, working alongside the owners each winter or simply providing an annual maintenance plan and stepping in where and when we’re needed.”
Mylor is fortunate to work with a large number of classic craft, including the traditional Falmouth working boat fleet as they race and sail in the summer and dredge oysters in the winter.
Among the thoroughbreds in Mylor’s classic stable are Fidelis and Naomi, both owned by Phillip Arnott and maintained by the Marine Team. Naomi is a 1922 Seaview Mermaid One Design – a very rare precursor to the Sunbeams – while Fidelis is a Bermudan Cutter, built in 1931.
“Maintaining classic boats in good condition is essential for their long term preservation,” says Phillip. “Mylor’s skilled craftsmen and technicians restored Naomi and Fidelis to a very high standard and now keep them in pristine condition.”
Recent work on the 1943 gaff ketch Donna Capel, owned by the Chairman of Falmouth Classics John Davison, involved shipwright work and more cutting edge engineering and electronics work, neatly combining traditional skills and modern expertise.
“The Marine Team has done a fantastic job with Donna Capel over the winter in readiness for Falmouth Classics,” says John. “As well as racing she is a hub of activity during the event and each year we host a pint and a pasty evening on board so it’s great to have her looking her best.”
Mylor’s expertise applies across the board: the Marine Team provides maintenance and repair services for all types of boats on or off site, large or small.
“We do love working with classic boats though,” says Henry, “and it gives us enormous pleasure to look around the Falmouth Classics and Regatta Week fleets to see how many of the vessels are maintained to their fighting best by our team at Mylor.”