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Posted: Mar 17th, 2009 at 21:15   |   Subject: Questions about Whisstock Boats
We regularly have owners of Whisstock boats asking us about the history of their boat, and I am very happy to answer such questions. At a minimum, given the Boat Build Number, I can provide the date of build and the name of the original owner. Unfortunately our records don't go much further than that. From about 1963 onwards I can answer from my own personal memory – before that time I have some anecdotal memories.

We do have photographs of most of the boats on launch day – and we have a collection of the launching (mostly champagne) bottle tops, from 1931 to about 1990 – not that they are terribly informative! And I have no idea what to do with them.

As time permits (which is not very often) we are compiling a database of all the Whisstock boats that we know about. I hope that this will be available online sometime this year!

We always welcome news about Whisstock boats - photographs are particularly welcome.

Posted: May 27th, 2009 at 18:54   |   Subject: Blest
I'm the new owner of Blest. She is currently undergoing some major hull repairs at the Berthon Boat Company in Lymington but should be back in commission by end July. The longer term plan is to sail her around the world. If you have any pictures or other information about her I would be very grateful.
Posted: May 28th, 2009 at 00:19   |   Subject: Blest

I remember the boat well of course. She is a Langevin design and we had the hull, deck and superstructure built in St. Nazaire, France, and then shipped over to us. In fact she was the last hull we had built out like that; thereafter we built all our aluminium hulls in house. She is Yard No, 503, launched 8th December 1983 – an unusual time for a launching in those days (they were mostly spring and summer affairs).

She is a lovely boat and sails and handles really well, so I'm sure she will take good care of you on your projected world cruising. I don't have plans of the boat any more; I probably have a few photos of her on sail trials, though if I remember rightly conditions weren't very good for getting decent photos!

Best regards – George Whisstock
Posted: May 28th, 2009 at 15:54   |   Subject: Blest
Many thanks for the prompt response. If you do have any sea-trial photo's I'd appreciate a copy of them as I'm trying to construct Blest's history. Regards Paul
Posted: May 29th, 2009 at 14:21   |   Subject: Blest
I'll dig out what I have and scan them and send them to you. May take me a little while to find them. Give me a dig if it's getting too long!

Posted: Jun 3rd, 2009 at 19:59   |   Subject: Blest
Many thanks.