Beer Lugger "Puffin"

by Nick Pearce
(Beer, Devon, England)


So this is my Beer lugger just before I start renovation.

She was built in the 1980s in Saeto about two miles from Beer where I live.

Built by "Mears Boatbuilders" which are still going strong and still building wooden Luggers.

The Lugger bit refers to the type of sail that these boats once had when used for fishing, in fact there are several Luggers that sail/race every week in the summer from beer beach. Up until two years ago Puffin was part of the fleet.

She is 16ft x 7ft English Elm over English Oak designed for being winched up the beach day after day.

She is basically sound and just needs a lot of cosmetic work and a new engine!.

Good to join your group.

Will keep you updated on progress.


A rudder for Puffin

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Puffin update

by Nick Pearce
(Beer, Devon, England)

So the old Stuart sole 8hp engine has been donated to NARPO a charity in Plymouth that teaches disadvantaged young people marine engineering. In return they are going to do some stainless steel rudder pintle work for me.

Need to start saving for a new/used engine....Beta or Nanni 10hp?

Next job is to turn the boat upside down and re shoe it ( stainless keel and bilge bands to protect her from the beach) Then stripping varnish and paint using all the advice on this site.

Weather here in devon has been awful.

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