The British Gallery

Page published: 30 June 2004

Go to TopAngela (#393)

"Angela" appears to be well-loved by its owner. A variety of fittings have been added inside the cabin indicated by the screw heads seen in this first picture starboard of the front window. More can be seen in the picture below.

This is another boat that is equipped to be rigged with a furling head sail. The swivel on the halyard and line of eyes across the deck indicate this. Unusually, the sail was not left in place when the boat arrived at its mooring. This would appear to reflect the general care taken with this boat, even the rubber strip around the gunwales has been designed for heavier duty than that fitted to many other SeaHawks!

A neatly supported bow fender, is typical of the the attention to detail seen on this seaHawk

The pouring rain in these pictures makes the boat appear to have more of a sheen than perhaps it would in the sun, but it does still sport its original gel coat and none of the inevitable crazing in the gel coat, which will be found on a boat of this age, is hidden.

More attention to detail is found in the locker doors. The additional wooden lip is presumably there to provide an overhang to protect any contents from water entering, although does the ventilator fitted in the door itself negates its effectiveness?

'Angela', gleaming in the rain!

Having fenders equipped with spring-loaded hooks, means that one is more likely to have them ready when coming alongside any mooring.

The hooks around the cockpit combing, indicate that this boat is equipped to take a cockpit tent. This is one way of providing much appreciated standing headroom in small boats used for more than the occasional overnight voyage.

Cockpit and cleat detail on a well looked after SeaHawk

The termination of the line to control the furling headsail in a jamb cleat on the same wooden block that holds the pulley that turns the jib sheet towards its jamb cleat is also a neat feature. Running the jib sheets to this position, rather than to cleats on the rear of the cabin, the favoured position on early Reedcraft-built boats, also makes excellent sense for single-handed sailing. The standard tiller forces the helmsman too far aft to be able to operate cleats mounted on the cabin.

Go to Top