23rd May 2016
Just after we arrived in Troon Harbour a nice varnished boat arrived. It was a Vertue called Cilix. She was built in Holland in 1993 from green oak frames and iroko planking. Alan was the owner and he had sailed from her base on the River Fal in Cornwall. Alan will be sailing around the West Coast of Scotland over the summer. The boat has some lovely features including some bespoke bronzework.. She has a bumkin, slutter rig and deck stepped mast. Alan explained how he can unstep the mast by himself, or at least without a crane. Certainly something I can’t achieve with Sumara’s keel stepped mast.
Keep an eye open for her if you are sailing the Scottish Islands this summer.
Maybe this is cheating because I didn’t have the fortune of actually seeing Cilix in Falmouth Harbour but my friends on Halycon Oak sent me these pictures, knowing I am a Vertue fan. Looking great!
I visited my friends on Halcyon Oak in August 2021 and managed to see Cilix on her mooring from the wooded path in the grounds of Trelissick Gardens. A great spot to keep a lovely wooden boat.