Classic Boat Coverage

The restoration work on Fortuna II was completed in late May 2018.  Her owners, John and Catherine, with the support of son Aidan,  took her off to Scotland in early June.  She comfortably reached Ardfern, her new summer mooring, without incident and on a single tank of fuel.  I was sad to see her go but also relieved that, after such a major refit, she made the journey north so smoothly.

Nigel Sharp, a regular contributor to Classic Boat Magazine, had written a feature on Fortuna II during initial sea trials in 2017 that was published in Classic Boat #364 – October 2018.  The article is not available online but the teaser is available at Classic Boat #364 October 2018 Preview.

The article and awards write up highlighted an interesting point regarding the differing agendas of a magazine editor, who is often looking for a unique ‘peg’ on which to hang a story and the boatbuilder, who has a much greater focus, at least in this case, on the aesthetic  of the completed boat.

Anyone who has looked critically at boats for any length of time knows well that the very great majority of boats look good from some angles and less good from others.   Fred Parker, designing Fortuna II in the late 1950’s was operating within design constraints (volume, comfort etc) that ensured that Fortuna II would never be able to look good from every angle.   So, given this fact, how should a representative photograph be chosen?

In the case of Classic Boat Magazine, the ‘peg’ for the feature was clear from the title: ‘Sail to Power’.  The story of how a sailing couple migrated from a sailboat to a motor cruiser – with a  ‘compact’ sailing rig.  The best available photograph to illustrate this was a photo of the vessel – beam on – with all sails set.

I’ll leave you to judge which of the following three photographs best represents Fortuna II from an aesthetic standpoint.

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The photographs were all taken by Nigel Sharp who retains the copyright.

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  1. Good to hear from you after a long interval, Robin Drysdale, ex Rowan IV.

    On Sun, 20 Jan 2019 at 17:53, Charlie Hussey – Marine Carpentry wrote:

    > charlie posted: “The restoration work on Fortuna II was completed in late > May 2018. Her owners, John and Catherine, with the support of son Aidan, > took her off to Scotland in early June. She comfortably reached Ardfern, > her new summer mooring, without incident and on a” >

  2. A labour of love, a wondeful boat,well done Charlie a rewarding project im sure, the rig helps for a comfortable ride. On 21 Jan 2019 06:53, “Charlie Hussey – Marine Carpentry” wrote:

    > charlie posted: “The restoration work on Fortuna II was completed in late > May 2018. Her owners, John and Catherine, with the support of son Aidan, > took her off to Scotland in early June. She comfortably reached Ardfern, > her new summer mooring, without incident and on a” >

  3. Thank you for the update on Fortune ll ..my late partner John Wilson the previous owner of her would have been delighted with the transformation that has taken place on her, I hope she does well in the compition, and please give my kind regards to the new owners, for giving her a new lease of life..She is Beautiful again thanks to them, and of course to YOU.. for having the skills to make her transformation.
    Thanks for keeping me in the picture, and keep up the wonderful transformations..
    Christine Chanter.

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