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Dirty Dozen
Chichester Harbour 12

Launching of the new Chichester Harbour 12
at Bosham (March 31st 2007).

 

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What a joy it is to see another excellent piece of craftsmanship emerging from Bosham & Chidham industry. Here is the Chichester Harbour 12, built by Paul Dewing and team of Flight Marine from the prototype "MoJo", hand-crafted by Chris Barnett and based around a design from a 1930's 'Federated Chichester Harbour 12 foot Class'.

Braving some very gusty winds Justin Adams, technical designer and maker of the mould, took the helm of the number 2 dinghy "Dirty Dozen" with Chris as his crew. Chris's turn came later. When asked how things went he told me that she handles very well even in the gusts although he had "not quite learnt to drive her" yet. From where I was standing the whole thing looked superb; good handling and very well balanced.

Several other Bosham folk must also take some credit for this lovely boat, not least Geoff Cath whose varnish work is something to behold; Batt Sails of Bosham for the crisp new sails; Steve Benjamin of Broadside Boatyard who did the woodwork; and Alan Gick who supplied some of the measurements from "Gannet", the now defunct Federated 12' mentioned above.

This 'cooperative' project was entirely conceived, nurtured and born in the Bosham area by some of the 'modern Men of Bosham'. Wonderful!

The Chichester Harbour 12 is available through Flight Marine Limited.

'West View', Chidham Lane,
Chidham, West Sussex.
PO18 8TD. United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1243 574365
Fax: +44 (0) 1243 574365
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