Classic Fife 'Kismet'
Published: Friday, 22nd May 2009
Full set of spars shipped to Ipswich to be united with the restored Kismet.
Leaving the collar workshops is the complete set of spars for the classic 1898 fully restored fife Kismet. Having received the order for the spars back in January 2008, the project has been moving along quietly in the background, to tie in with her restoration.Having been very successful in her day, she was last sailed in a 1948 regatta before laid up in an Essex mud berth. After 50 years she caught the eye of Richard Matthews, ex owner of Oyster Yachts and Southampton Yacht Services, who decided together with Adrian she was worth saving. Despite the lack of deck and deck beams, the pitch-pine-on oak hull had survived very well, and only the counter stern, which apparently was knocked off by a bomb in the war, have suffered.
With very little information to go on, the design work on the sail plan was drawn up by David Cooper, ex Holman and Pye, in keeping with the rig she would have carried when first launched. The spars, all manufactured in fine grain Columbian Pine, dresses with bronze fittings from Classic Marine and varnished with 8 coats of Epiffanes look every bit ready for the traditional rigging that will be put on at Foxes Marina before launch.
With Kismet gracing this years classic boat scene there is a little doubt she will make the headlines and provide plenty of opportunitties for some sailing shots. As soon as available we will post them here.