Derek has been back in touch to say he's tracked down some details of his new boat. He's found an article reviewing the boat back in 1981 when it was first produced.
Unfortunately IPC mags who published it in PBO or Yachting Monthly or one of their other comics are a bit sensitive about their copyright so I can't reproduce it here.
I can say that the boat was marketed by Court Marine but built in North Walsham by Hardy Marine. Moulds were taken from an original Shetland racing Skiff, hence the rather generic North Sea Skiff name.
Price back then was a fairly stiff £1214 + VAT excluding trailer.
The reviewer makes all the usual excuses about not being able to test this and that due to the conditions on the day but as you'd expect she's fast, easy to row, and just a tad flighty in a gust.
She doesn't like tacking due to that long keel, but the later models had the bowsprit mentioned by Derek which helped a bit.
Enjoy Derek, and reef early!
I've had an e-mail from Derek who is now the proud owner of this fine boat. He's trying to find out a bit more about the type.
Quote, "Hi I have just bought a Shetland style boat called a North Sea skiff it is 16 ft and am looking for information about it but can't find any on the Internet. And was wondering if you could help.
Grp And just has long keel no centreboard She has a lug sail and a jib on a bowsprit have u ever seen this type of boat before thanks Derek
She definitely has a Nordic look about her and would be a close cousin to the Shetland Yole.
That deck looks like its been added later, the planks are going in all directions, although I do like the idea of decking these over, makes them very traditional looking and provides plenty of dry storage. Our Scaffie at the Ancient & Vulnerable has no storage at all.
Anybody recognise the design? Answers via the comments box please.