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Snapdragon 26 “Cloth Porridge Too”. Thames Marine Ltd approx 1968-build heavy fibreglass bilge-keel cruiser 26 ft (7.92m) o/a length, 8.42 ft (2.57m) beam, 2.58 ft (0.79m) draft, 5.6ft (1.7m) headroom, 4-5 berth but ideally comfortable for 2 persons.

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Snapdragon 26

“Cloth Porridge Too”

Thames Marine Ltd approx 1968-build heavy fibreglass bilge-keel cruiser 26 ft (7.92m) o/a length, 8.42 ft (2.57m) beam, 2.58 ft (0.79m) draft, 5.6ft (1.7m) headroom, 4-5 berth but ideally comfortable for 2 persons.

A much-loved and well maintained boat for 22 years, originally sailed back from the south of France, via the Midi Canal, up the French coast, across the Channel to Scilly Isles and up to home mooring at Beaumaris, Anglesey. Then regularly sailed (often single-handed) in the Irish Sea (Isle of Mann, Ireland, etc). In 2011, sailed across to Dublin, mast laid down and taken into Irish Canals and across to the Shannon where she is currently cruising, with plans to eventually return to Dublin via the Royal Canal and back to Anglesey.

A good, steady sea-boat but equally at home on the wider canals with reasonable depth; will sit comfortably ashore or on the beach with the moulded-in twin bilge keels (sacrificial shoes fitted with inset stainless steel strips) and skeg (recently re-built and strengthened to provide improved rudder bottom bearing/support).

Reluctantly, due to ‘retirement’ commitments and acquisition of another canal cruiser, we need to part with Cloth Porridge, so:

FOR SALE ~ £5,000 (€6,000) fully equipped and ready for sea and/or canal cruising

~ all you will need is yourself, perhaps ‘crew’ and life jackets (+ sleeping bags to stay aboard).

CONTACT: Derek & Carole Jones +44 (0)1352 771306 [home]

07808 132 549 [mobile] or e-mail:

Cloth Porridge Too” ~ Fully equipped with:

Aluminium mast and boom, all standing and running rigging, blue sails – main with roller and slab reefing, furling large jib + spare jib, cruising ‘chute (much repaired). Spray-hood and dodgers.

Inboard Volvo 9hp single cylinder diesel engine driving 3-blade bronze propeller; 6.5 gal (35 litre) galv fuel tank at stern end of quarter-berth. 2 x 12v batteries charged from engine + 8w loose solar panel.

Secondary stern-mounted 5hp 2-stroke Yamaha outboard with remote tank.

Navigation equipment: compass, speed/distance log, depth sounder, Tiller Pilot TP10, electronic wind speed/direction. Masthead + mast + pushpit + stern nav lights switched for sailing or motoring.

Safety equipment: CQR main anchor with 30m heavy chain + 30m plaited rope, foredeck-mounted vertical manual windlass, Bruce kedge anchor on chain + rope, large fisherman's anchor, spare chain/rope + anchor trip-line with marker buoy. 2 x 25kg lead ‘angels’ for increased anchor holding.

Fixed VHF radio (Navico RT 6500S), masthead aerial + emergency antenna, external loud-speaker.

Horseshoe lifebuoy + auto-light, mounted on wire frame on guard wires.

Dan buoy, floating heaving line in rescue bag, sea-anchor drogue, ‘catch-rain’ radar reflector, long + short boat-hooks.

3 x fire extinguishers + fire blanket. Carbon monoxide alarm.

Fixed manual bilge pump + roving electric pump + various roving manual lift pumps.

Range of fenders.

Inflatable dinghy (Compass) in bag with oars (near new), electric rapid-inflator + foot bellows pump.

Galley: fixed gas cooker with 2 burners, grill and oven. 2 x Camping Gaz cylinders in safety locker.

Approx 50 litre polythene fixed water tank with deck filler. Stainless sink bowl in timber worktop.

Range of cooking pots and utensils, crockery and cutlery to cater for four persons.

Heads: Porta-potti (near new).

Sundry: Complete range of berth cushions, curtains, carpets.

Good range of tools and spares for virtual self-sufficiency away from home base.

Range of Irish Sea charts and Pilots (need up-dating for sea cruising).

Extensive list of previous annual maintenance/repairs/improvements available (recorded in Log Book).