'Dobbin' is a 28ft cutter
designed by Jim Bickford of Exmouth, a naval
architect who specialised in fishing vessels and
small yachts. She was built by his neighbour Ron
Lavis in 1973 for Jim's own retirement. With a long
keel, 4ft draft and weighing 6 tons, Dobbin is very
robustly constructed in strip planked iroko on oak
frames. Saloon and heads have good headroom
providing a light and spacious interior. The engine
is a 2 cylinder 18hp Volvo. The underwater planking
was Kevlar sheathed when the present owners bought
her, 7 years ago from Jim Bickford's daughter and
Dobbin was extensively
modernised by experienced shipwrights, first at
Rossiters in Christchurch and more recently at
Dolphin Quay. The gallery, saloon and navigation
areas were rebuilt, she was rewired, full shorepower
fitted, all electric fittings renewed and a holding
tank fitted. Later a furling jib was fitted and the
baby stay used for a small but effective staysail,
the spray hood and clear dodgers complete the
protection of crew and it all works perfectly!
Dolphin Quay's application of copper antifoul 2
years ago sees her making 6 knots under power or
under sail with the right wind. For this season the
standing rigging was replaced and 2 new batteries
fitted. The owners have used her extensively and are
genuinely sad to be moving on from Dobbin to a
larger craft. They have carefully maintained her
using only the best materials and skilled craftsmen.
Offers over £20,000 considered.
Please contact Peter and Jean Coles (01243) 820496,
(07784) 302269 or (07776) 458970 for full details.