The Eventider's News
Issue 14 Summer 2010
The following mail came in this summer and it proved to be an interesting story.
She was built in 1958 by Seacraft and co ltd of Leigh on sea !!
'bh6 6nn Bournemouth, Mr. D. J. Pomroy' is on some of the chandlery that came with the boat - but having no paperwork - We haven’t a clue about the boat.
Your assistance and co-operation in working her history and her name would
be greatly appreciated.
Hello Paul, Carrie,
sorry to hear about the loss of the Eventide, what was her name, sail number etc, we will write it up in the database.... she was one of the earliest Eventides if built then... The design only appeared that year at the boat show I believe...
We have few details of these other MG boats as they were often one off at small boat yards for private owners and of course there was no owners group for them, so unless we have a name or some real clues we are sadly at a loss..
Re the Barcarole, have you any pics etc.. If she was in Lloyds I will look her up.......... (At this point I go off in search of one of my old copies of Lloyds list of Yachts. These two books have proved invaluable over the years, and today was no exception....) OK just back up in the office and would you believe she was called 'Barcarole'! She was the first of the class then!
Fitted with a 2 cylinder 10hp Seafarer petrol motor from 1969, she is 29.2ft overall, 24ft on the WL, beam of 8.3ft and draft of 4.9 ft. Sails then were 1967 by Taylor. The launch date is given as 1958.... Though built at Leigh and registered at Faversham the home port was Hamble.
Jolly useful little tome this has proven!
I hope this little snippet or two helps, now we really look forward to the pics of her.
Have you got to the enrolment page of the site yet, if not you now have loads of info to enter there for our database!
Hope to hear again soon,
Eventide Owners Group.
Hello John, thanks for the speedy reply.
Yes she is the Barcarole, 'Barcarole'!
We wanted to do a write up on the Barcarole and wondered if you managed to get in touch with Mr. Blyth?
Would you mind if we featured her in our pages?
Yes please John, including my contact details for anyone with knowledge or info or bits and bobs for her ! Not got hold of Mr. Blyth – seems he has been away on business –
Carrie loves the name 'Barcarole' seems to fit perfectly!! I couldn't think
of a better name!!
phone 07502 145683 or 01237 475793
Well the final chapters will take a little longer,
Paul and Carrie and Paul's business partner have joined the EOG of
course and then they admitted they owned a boat yard down in Bideford!
They are transporting the boat there overland and will be working on her for
the next year or so, I am hoping there will be further updates in the
future, another Classic saved. Hopefully they will also be able to get
in touch with Mr. Blyth, who it would appear was a counterpart of MG's, so
he will be getting on a bit!
I was able to look up more information in my library of MG books, she was the first of 15 Barcarole's we think were built, a natural design progression for MG from the canoe stern and narrow stern boats 'Tinka' and 'Sixpence', dropping the centreboard and instead fixing solid bilge keels. She was the start of the Bilge keel revolution. The Eventide arrived in 1957/8 with bilge keel at the same time, and from then on so many thousand designs have all sported them as either an option, or in the case of many of MG's boats, the standard and reliable norm.