Little Brig Sailing Trust
Published: Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
An interesting project that has just left the Collar workshops are the complete set of spars for the Sail Training vessel Caroline Allen.
Designed by Colin Mudie she is the sister ship of S/T Bob Allen, built and launched back in 2003 by Blondicell, of which Collars supplied all the spars first time around. Although both ships were meant to launched back in 2003, financed prevented this happening and resulted in the second boat never being finished. The recently formed Little Brig Sailing Trust have made things possible by securing Lottery Funding, and completing what was started 6 years before - to get boat ships to sail together.
The Caroline Allen has a steel hull and is rigged as a Brig, with two masts square rigged on both. She weighs 8.5 Tonnes, 42 foot overall in length with a 9 foot beam and a draught of only 4 foot 3 inches. The masts have an overall height of 29 foot and 32 feet and she can carry ten sails overall with a design speed of 6.5 knots on engine and 7 knots on sail. All her spars were made from clear Columbian Pine and painted in a marine gloss white system before dressing with GMS fittings specially made to suit.
Fitted out internally with seating as an instructional area 'Carolin Allen' is a day boat though in emergency the crew could sleep overnight. The cockpit is large and all sails can be controlled from there. There are no Ratlines, as the crew are not required to go aloft. All three yards on a mast are lowered to the Deck Level for sail preparation and stowing. The rig and design enable the vessel to be sailed with a Skipper and just four hands, enabling her perfect for training youngsters both experienced and novice alike.