Category Archives: G.L. Watson clients

A new Watson for the weekend – No. 274

Is this the first yacht built to a design by Glasgow-based naval architect to the world, G.L. Watson, since his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 53?* In the past week, during a yard movement in Brittany, we were … Continue reading

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Pride of Portree

They said it themselves: “one of the most hare-brained projects Skye has seen for some time.” We would add: beautifully hare-brained. This summer, an intrepid team from the Isle of Skye will raise funds for the RNLI and Young Carers … Continue reading

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Classic Boat

“G.L. Watson, Britain’s Greatest Yacht Designer” That’s the no holds barred title of a new article by Martin Black in November’s Classic Boat magazine – out now. It’s beautifully illustrated with images from his book G.L. Watson – The Art … Continue reading

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Rathlin Model Yacht Races

During an all too brief recent passage stopover at fascinating and beautiful Rathlin Island, just off the north east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland – but another world – this poster at the excellent fish shop within the National Trust’s … Continue reading

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The Reliance Project 4 – floating batteries

The Herreshoff Marine Museum blog, supporting their project to build a one-sixth scale museum-quality fully rigged model of the 1903 America’s Cup defender, presently poses the question to metallurgists and engineers: “… how susceptible to galvanic action was Reliance?” The … Continue reading

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The Weekend Watson – S.S. Hebrides

The world’s first hybrid roll-on-roll-off ferry, Hallaig, built by Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow for Caledonian MacBrayne’s Sconser (Skye) / Raasay route, began trials last week on the Firth of Clyde. When launched last December, she was billed as the … Continue reading

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The Reliance Project 3

A superb image was posted on The Reliance Project’s blog yesterday to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the launching of the 1903 America’s Cup defender “super cutter” Reliance at the Herreshoff yard, Bristol, RI., USA. No skirts needed to hide … Continue reading

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The Weekend Watson – Warrior

A very large Victorian or Edwardian steam yacht would rarely be something for just a weekend. These early “superyachts” were true ocean thoroughbreds, and had consequent tales to tell. The G.L. Watson designed Warrior was no exception, and one of … Continue reading

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Return of the Dragon

The beautiful Fife yachts return to the Firth of Clyde this year to pay homage to the waters of their birth from 28 June to 5 July. After an initial rendezvous on ‘Fairlie Roads’, moored at and anchored off Largs … Continue reading

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Valentine – a well named yacht

We trust that this beautiful G.L. Watson designed sloop was a very special 1890 St. Valentine’s Day gift to his wife from one of Watson’s many fascinating Victorian clients, G.A. Schenley, of Warsash, Hampshire. We can have some confidence in … Continue reading

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