An absolutely beautiful gaff rigged wooden sailing boat, in first class condition with new sails and a new wooden mast. Ideal as a day boat she has also successfully raced in the past in Old Gaffers regattas. Golden Plover is thought to have been built sometime around 1899 to 1904 and is reputed to be have been built by McAlisters of Dumbarton to a GL Watson design.
A beautifully refurbished wooden sail boat that is thought to have been built sometime in the period 1899 to 1904, making her over 110 years old ! She has a small cabin or cuddy that is used for storage. Sizeable cockpit with sliding hatch into cabin. Outboard bracket with a 4HP Yamaha outboard.
Gaff rigged main sail by Leitch of Tarbert
Genoa by Saturn Sails (new)
Original genoa roller reefing drum and swivel
Main sail cover
Retractable bow sprit
Golden Plover is mentioned in 'Leaves from Rowans log' by Dr R B Carslaw, a book written about family sailing on the Scottish west coast in the 1930's.
Prior to the second World war, her owner at that time affectionately called her 'The wee plug'. The boat was laid up on the Clyde before the start of WW2. Years later the owners returned to the boat and discovered that they had left a cake tin on board. On opening this tin, the fruit cake inside was still perfectly edible!
Golden Plover has in the past, successfully raced in Old Gaffer regattas around the east coast of England.
Troon Yacht Haven