Frieda was our first purchase and has been a faithful member of the fleet since 1995. Most of the funding for Frieda came from the Frieda Scott Trust, who have supported us many times since then. A 17 foot, lug-rigged, Lune Whammel boat, she is based on the traditional fishing boats of the 1900’s which were used off Sunderland Point and on the tidal estuaries of Morecambe Bay.
With traditional tan sails, shallow keel and built in buoyancy, she was the perfect choice for stability, carrying enough people and mooring in a wet-dock boathouse. She has an un-stayed mast which can be lowered and raised very easily.
Frieda set the trend and a second Whammel, Joanna, joined the fleet in 2002. Her dark green hull, alongside Frieda’s white, made them real head turners on the lake – very Swallows and Amazons! Whammels can accommodate up to 6 people very comfortably, they tack slowly and their stability is ideal for people with limited or slower movement.
Our winch and wide floating jetty mean that wheelchair users can access the boats so that they can crew or helm the boats in a safe and supportive environment.
May Dora joined our fleet in 2011. David submitted an article to the Dinghy Cruising Association in which he wrote about Whammel boats and Blackwell Sailing. He expressed a preference for the older type of boat, Mk1 like Frieda, built by Bill Bayliff.
A reader of the bulletin was so taken with the Blackwell Sailing story that he offered to donate his own Mk1 Whammel boat to us. May Dora‘s owner, Richard Martin, was no longer able to sail her and wanted her to go to a good home. She sails a bit faster than the other two and thanks to a grant from the Rumic Foundation Trust, has a completely silent, electric outboard motor. If you want to read more about Whammel boats have a look at the DCA Article.