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.
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.
The late Alan Bourdon was former employee of Tyler Boats and S.O.S. in Poole. Later he became a Yacht Broker specialising in Van de Stadt designs including Excalibur 36.
Each of his Excalibur sales brochures contained an introduction to the Excalibur design.
Thanks to Peter Lawless, owner of ‘Spingo’, copies of the original documents containing the sail measurements by Southern Ocean Supplies have been added to this site.
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.
More details: In the Wake of My Heroes – Bill Perkes
The book can be bought by contacting his daughter Fiona, see the link above.
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.
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 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.