Drascombe Sailing boats are dinghies from Devon in England with a reputation for being seaworthy. The 22ft Drascombe Longboat is the cadet expedition version of the original 19ft Drascombe Lugger. The Longboat is an extremely versatile vessel that is equally at home in open water as she is exploring the shallow channels and creeks that run between the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The Drascombe Longboat is built with fiberglass and trimmed with teak gunnels and mahogany thwarts. She has a retractable center-board and a maximum draft of only 3ft 10″ (1.17m).
- She is comfortable for up to 4 guests and a captain.
- Ample stowage is provided under the side benches and after deck
- The Longboat sports twin masts and carries a total sail area of 172sqft.
- The gunter yawl rig has loose-footed sails to make for easy handling.
- Can also be powered by a pair of oars or a small four-stroke outboard engine.
- The safety-first Longboat has concealed foam buoyancy, ample freeboard and lifting tiller and kick-up rudder that slides through a trunk to keep clear of the motor well.
- Positive buoyancy makes the open Longboat unsinkable
- Is a classic British design that originated in the 1960’s and can be found sailing the world’s oceans and waterways.
- The Drascombe Longboats have been used rigorously by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Baja California for the past 25 years. They are particularly suitable vessels for sailing charters in the TCI and for learning the fundamentals of sailing.
- Length Overall 21ft 9in (6.63m)
- Length on waterline 18ft 0in (5.50m)
- Beam 6ft 7in (2.00m)
- Draught with C/plate up 1ft 0in (.30m)
- Draught With C/plate down 3ft 10in (1.17m)
- Weight with sailing gear 880lbs (400kg)
Honnor Marine produced 5000 Drascombe sailing boats including ‘Seashell’, the Drascombe Longboat operated by Amphibious Adventure Travel in Turks and Caicos. Seashell spent many years as part of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Baja Mexico fleet participating in student expeditions and training in the Sea of Cortez. In 2004 a NOLS sailing instructor shipped the vessel to his home waters in Georgian Bay, Ontario. She was found there by Amphibious Adventure Travel and brought to the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2008. She has been happily sailing the turquoise waters and exploring the sandy islands of the archipelago ever since.
The History of Drascombe Sailing Boats
“The Drascombe story starts in the early 1960s with John Watkinson, a former Royal Navy officer, building a boat for himself and his family. John’s requirements were for a day sailor, capable of being trailed, stable (to counteract his wife’s tendency to seasickness), and safe; but capable of giving an experienced sailor a lively and exciting sail. The boat that John hand-built in a barn on his farm at Drascombe Barton in 1965 was inspired by the working boats of England’s North-East coast, which themselves can trace an ancestry back to the Vikings. Bearing similarities to a beachable fishing boat called a Yorkshire Coble, the first Drascombe Lugger displayed a work boat pedigree. It was the epitome of rugged simplicity, reliability and seaworthiness in an open boat. The Lugger is equally at home ‘messing about’ with the kids or undertaking more adventuresome expeditions. Other models followed, but all built on the original philosophy of safety, robustness, and fun. The Longboat is essentially a stretched Lugger and originally intended as a training craft for sailing schools and scouts.
The first Drascombe Lugger was an immediate success. The first wooden production Lugger sold less than 30 minutes after the London Boat Show opened in 1968 and John Watkinson received 18 further orders. Honnor Marine of Totnes, Devon in the UK took up fiberglass production of the Lugger later on and started to introduce other models in the early 70’s.” [EXTRACTED FROM VARIOUS DRASCOMBE ASSOCIATION AND BUILDER WEBSITES]