William Fife & Sons for sale in United Kingdom for £310,000

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Price
£310,000
Year
1914
LOA
16 m
Fuel
diesel
Beam
2.3 m
Draft Max
1.8 m
Boat Type
Sail
RB Ref
RB122620


About this William Fife & Sons

IERNE could be the ultimate First Rule 8 M. Her rig is close to the 1914 original and an early example of a large Bermudan. Regardless of the International Rule and its complexity there is a purity to this boat both in the treatment of her rebuild and her breathtakingly good looks. Since her completion she has been mainly in storage – and is a truly exciting prospect.



Brokers Comments


IERNE could be the ultimate First Rule 8 M. Her rig is close to the 1914 original and an early example of a large Bermudan. Regardless of the International Rule and its complexity there is a purity to this boat both in the treatment of her rebuild  and her breathtakingly good looks. Since her completion she has been mainly in storage – and is a truly exciting prospect.

Historical and Technical Comments


IERNE was designed by Willian Fife III and built at the Fife yard in Farlie in 1914. Her hull design is thought to be the ultimate First Rule 8m yacht and acknowledged to be hydro dynamically as good as a yacht could  be at that time. She does not ride waves, but cuts through them and she produces no wake until near her maximum hull speed. The distinctive Fife tumblehome is thought to be one of the secrets of her speed.

IERNE had the most innovative rig design of all First Rule yachts. She was the one and only to carry the Marconi Bermudan rig. As originally drawn she carries 1,248 sq feet of sail on a 58 ft mast, 35 ft boom and a 19 ft spinnaker pole.

Built for an Irish colonel, who gave her the distinctive Irish name, in due course she found her way into the hands of the Norwegian Olympic Team and to be the gold medal winner in the 1920 Antwerp Games.

Laid up in Portugal 85 years on, she caught the eye of Hew Jones of Yorkshire One Design fame, who fully appreciating her merits – if not the shortcomings of her then condition, had her shipped back to England for restoration, meanwhile keen to sail her under her revolutionary Marconi rig, acquiring the original drawings.

Hew commissioned Joe Irving of Draughtsman Racing Yachts in Barton-on-Humber to undertake the restoration. Joe, a graduate of IBTC in Lowestoft and the first boat builder to create a wooden Dragon since 1970, demonstrably had the credentials for the task

Having worked with them on the Yorkshire One Design spars, Hew commissioned Collars to supply a complete new rig, re-drawn by naval architect Theo Rye, from the original plans and data. All the spars were manufactured in best quality Sitka spruce and supplied fully fitted, ready for rigging by Peter Martin of Martins Rigging.

In 2008 IERNE participated in the Fife Classics as well as the BCYC Regatta. She was also the recipient of the Classic Boat Restoration Award for 2008

Original Construction


The original construction was of the following elements. See also Restoration section below
- Grown Canadian Rock elm frames interspersed with two bent timber ribs
- English elm keel
- Lead ballast keel
- Cedar forward to stem
- Larch aft to stern post
- Larch and cedar horn timbers
- Carvel Honduras mahogany planking
- Cedar deck planking on larch deck beams
- Wrought iron floors
- Double wrought iron ring abreast the mast
- Original Honduras mahogany rudder retained

Accommodation


- Basic accommodation with 2 berths in one main cabin
- Cream leather cushions to settee berths

Rig Spars and Sails


- Marconi Cutter Rig
- Sitka spruce (aviation grade) mast with 2 sets of spreaders by Collars
- Sitka spruce boom by Collars
- Sitka spruce spinnaker pole by Collars
- Columbian Pine bowsprit
- Rig designed by Theo Ryde and made by Peter Martin, Southampton
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Traditional buff coloured look synthetic running rigging
- Harken mainsail winch
- 2 x winches forward below deck for tensioning foresail halyards

Sails by North Sails 2008
- Jib
- Staysail
- Asymmetric
- Spinnaker
- Main

Sails by Ratsey & Laphorn 2009
- Jib
- Staysail

Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle


All bronze deck fittings to Fife design specially cast for IERNE
- Ash cheeked blocks; halfpenny inserts
- Bronze mainsheet horse
- Teak cockpit sole
- Self draining cockpit
- Mahogany cockpit coamings
- Mahogany sliding hatch
- Mahogany slatted removable doors
- 3 x Drop in washboards
- 1 x Drop in washboard with Nav instruments mounted

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage


- Nanni 12 HP Diesel engine
- Stainless steel shaft
- Feathering 2 bladed propeller
- Auto electric bilge pump
- Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
- 12 V Battery for engine and bilge pump
- Solar panel to control panel
- c 10 gallon plastic fuel tank

Navigation Communication and Electronics


- Wireless Tacktick depth, wind, direction and speed

Restoration


- The centre line found to be in good order is as original
- All frames and ribs were replaced; Wych elm used in place of Canadian rock elm
- Laminated oak frames replaced the grown frames
- New wrought iron floors; epoxy coated
- African mahogany planking below the waterline
- The original Honduras mahogany planking retained and restored above the waterline
- All new ¼ inch copper fastenings   rove riveted
- New double wrought iron ring abreast the Mast
- Shroud plates 10 mm stainless steel
- All teak swept 22 mm planking copper screwed, caulked and sikaflexed
- New laminated oak rudder post
- New mahogany bulkheads
- New mahogany batten inner linings

Other Equipment

IERNE

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