Half model Gallant 53

While searching on the internet, I came accross a picture of a very nice half model of the Gallant 53, apparently part of the dutch National Maritime Museum its ‘van de Stadt’ collection.

Half model Gallant 53, Alaunt of Core


The attached plate says ‘ALAUNT of CORFE’, Gallant 53, Winner Lloyd’s Yacht Trophy 1968, Southern Ocean Shipyard LTD England.




In 1967 the Gallant was awarded the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping 1968 Yacht Trophy for outstanding design, performance and craftsmanship.

Bill’s book

Before I bought Astolat in 1996, I got inspired by articles published in magazines like for instance Waterkampioen (Dutch) and Yachting Monthly. Two articles from YM are found on this website and cover stories about Bill Perkes and his Excalibur 36 ‘Sherpa Bill’.

Bill has passed away in 2006 and the adventures he made, inspired by his heroes have been written down in a book with the title “In the Wake of My Heroes’. This book has been published privately by his family and is dedicated to the memory of Bill, 2007.

In the Wake of My Heroes

More details: In the Wake of My Heroes – Bill Perkes

The book can be bought by contacting his daughter Fiona, see the link above.

SOS Advert 1965

A second SOS advert has been added. This one is from the Yachting World annual 1965 and has been made available by Steve Booth, owner of ‘INO’. It mentions the R.O.R.C. Class II champions of 1963 and 1964.

Yachting World Annual 1965

First owner

Thanks to first owner’s stepson Dr John Powell, a couple of great photos from the early period of Astolat have become available. First owner Bernard Buxton bought the new hull from Tyler and fitted it out in his garden in Manchester.

Astolat - new









The brand new hull of Astolat parked next to the house, 43 Stafford Road. Bernard Buxton is in the photo. (1966?)

After completion she was moored in Anglesey where she has been used for many holidays. Astolat was registered in 1970.

Astolat - 1971









Astolat being lifted out of the water at Holyhead Boatyard in about 1971. The picture shows the original hull colour of the pale blue gelcoat.

Astolat was sold in 1972.

Passing rain shower

Sailing downwind back to Lemmer. The rain shower in the background makes a nice contrast with the water being illuminated by the sun, giving it an unusual colour.

Rain shower 1, IJsselmeer 2013







Rain shower 2, IJsselmeer 2013







The genua taken down for possible strong wind gusts.


Volvo Penta MD2 rebuilt

Last winter, the Volvo Penta MD2 engine of Astolat has partially been rebuilt.

The cylinders have been replaced by others with less wear and have been honed, new ones are no longer obtainable. One piston has been replaced by another one in better shape and new piston rings were installed. Furthermore the valves have been done and the big end bearings replaced with new ones. Finally, a new water pump with bearings gives a little higher output. The cooling channels turned out to be very clean as a result of descaling it with Star Brite engine flush some years ago.

MD2 reassembled

The reassembled engine ready for painting. The original colour of this engine was not green, but a grey/blue colour still visible on the back of the flywheel and the fuel filter. The green and red cylinder came from another engine.



MD2 primer

Looking much better now after a coat of primer has been applied.




MD2 new paint


Ready! Painted with engine paint VHT SP122.





MD2 Installed


The engine installed with new engine mounts and new engine room insulation (Vetus), covered with perforated aluminium sheet.

The top speed has increased with about 1 knot to the former top speed of 6.1 knots Astolat used to have. Not bad for just 15.5 hp.