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Deben 4-tonners

I do get lots of emails about Deben 4-tonners. And, as I mentioned in a Forum post, not all of these turn out to be actual 4-tonners.

A few days ago however I got a lovely series of photos of a beautifully restored 4-tonner, Coral II. She had been out of the water for at least 15 years. The owner has done a wonderful restoration job, which is so good to see. Her first trip is to sail from Maldon in Essex to the Orford river in Suffolk.

I think this particular boat was started in 1939 as Yard No. 127 – my father used to build for stock and the boats usually sold sometime during the build. But the outbreak of WWII put paid to boatbuilding except for the Admiralty and the War Department. She was completed after the war as Yard No. 337 and launched in October 1946.

It's really satisfying to see her in such good condition again – truly better than new! I hope she now has another 60+ years ahead of her.

I am intending to complete a database and photographs (where available) of all the boats built at the yard - time as ever is the problem.


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