|Designer||H G May|
|Builder||Berthon Boat Co Lymington|
|Length overall||35 ft 0 in / 10.67 m|
|Length deck||35 ft 0 in / 10.67 m|
|Length waterline||24 ft 0 in / 7.32 m|
|Beam||2 ft 0 in / 0.61 m|
|Draft||1 ft 0 in / 0.3 m|
|Construction||Carvel, pine on oak|
These details are provisional and may be amended
Tough but elegant - and perhaps a boat for the purist with their sizeable rigs and normally without engine - the West Solent is moreover an enchantingly beautiful design and capable of winning at both classic events or racing to IRC. LINETTE was rebuilt 1995-96 and presents in near perfect condition. Stored inside in winter, she comes with her own local transport trailer.
LINETTE was built in 1926 by Berthon of Lymington and raced at Burnham-on-Crouch with a fleet of West Solents. There are multiple photographic records of her racing there in the 1920s. There is also a photo of her on the Solent in 1934. Little else known until early 1990s when she was acquired by Peter Brookes of Maldon and extensively restored along with several other West Solents around that time.
Fully restored to concourse (new) condition by Peter Brookes of Maldon. Peter had restored several West Solents, but this one was firmly his boat, giving the restoration extra attention like a little extra sheer in the bow and aft quarters, teak decks, ornate interior timberwork.
New interior – see below.
- Carvel long hull planking without butts; pitch pine below and yellow pine above water line
- Laminated iroko frames with intermediate steamed timbers
- Teal laid deck
- 39 cwt lead keel
Traditional deck layout
- 4 x Bronze winches
- Bakelite blocks
- Spinlock clutches (2015)
- Danforth anchor and chain.
From her restoration in 1996 up to 2012 she was completely bare below decks. In 2012 an elegant open-plan interior was fitted at West Mersea by a professional cabinetmaker.
- Sideboard/ chart table to starboard. Locker under
- Sideboard/ galley to port. Locker under
- 2 x upholstered settees. Stowage under
- Fiddled shelving outboard
- Raised semi-double bunk forward to fwd of mast. Upholstered cushions. Stowage under
- Fwd to stowage area also accessible from forehatch
- Double spreader and upper jumpers
- 2 x masts
- One from the 1996 restoration in Douglas fir, restored by Collars in 2004
- One in Spruce (Collars 2004)
- 1 x Boom in Douglas fir
- 2 x Spinnaker poles:
- One in carbon fibre (2004)
- One in spruce (Collars 2012)
- 2 x Sets: main, jib, spinnaker (2000 & 2004)
- Storm jib
- Full Dolphin Sails winter cover with ridge timber frame (2016)
- It covers complete boat (gooseneck down) from waterline upwards
- 2 x Beige cockpit thwart cushions
- Boom/mainsail cover in beige with “LINETTE” lettering each side (2011)
- Canvas cover over gangway hatch and saloon skylight (2011)
- Canvas cover for forehatch (2011)
- Canvas cover for cockpit (2013)
- Small over-boom cover (2004)
- Storage bag for cabin doors (for when doors removed for racing)
- Bow padding/fender for mooring buoy protection
- 1 x Simple fuse board powered by small 12V battery (battery not included)
- 1 x Depth & speed instrument
- 1 x Steering compass from original build
- Manual bilge pump with suction selection from cockpit or cabin (bulkhead between)
- Dan Buoy
- Life ring
- 5 x Gas inflatable life jackets with lifeline attachments
LINETTE sits on her own road 4-wheeled heavy duty road trailer new in 2004 and never put in water. Note: this trailer is presently not road legal with her weight on it as it has no brakes.
These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.