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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Walter F Raynor King Arthur 35

    Sounds great - lovely having that connection, and knowing the history - beautiful boat.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Walter F Raynor King Arthur 35

    Think you will find that the boat is a one off. It was quite common in those days before mass production to have a boat designed specifically for you. Building such boats in Burma, India and Hong Kong was common, often by ex pats or colonial civil servants taking advantage of local labour and low cost timber. Even for the time, that design would have been considered old fashioned - long and narrow with short waterline length - at a time when design was seeking to improve performance for offshore racing. However, many conservative sailors with pre war experience considered the older designs as superior, just as now where some see the early GRP boats based on wooden boat designs as the ultimate in cruising boats.

    It would be interesting to know how it ended up in your part of the world as I expect it would have been built for a British or Australian owner (Rayner was Australian, but lived in Poole) and the boat is clearly designed in the UK tradition. Looks lovely and hope you are able to keep it going.

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