Another bump of an article from the old site. This boat is just too beautiful to not be admired once again...
by Simon Harison
Simon Harison's "Poppy" is the best documented wooden Alacrity I have ever seen pictures of. As can clearly be seen the means of construction make for big differences between this and the later fiberglas versions of the boat. Most prominently the differences can be seen in the keels. However, the fact that this Alacrity also has a skeg is due to her once having been fitted with an inboard engine and not the plywood design. And once in the water the differences almost disappears.
In March 2001 we took Poppy out of the water for a repaint. The topsides in the
starboard cockpit area were found to be damaged by rainwater running off the seat
and being trapped behind an epoxy fillet on the locker bulkhead. This was a poor
quality ‘repair’ carried out by a previous owner. This was rectified using Khaya
mahogany laminated into the hull and progressively overlapped onto the sound hull to
form a strong bond. The job turned into a full repaint of the boat including epoxy
coating the entire surface of the hull inside and out to fully protect the boat against
future water damage. All major equipment was either replaced or refurbished at this
time-see inventory. Below is a series of pictures showing the progress of the work.
When we re-launched we took a swinging mooring at Davis’s boat yard in Poole from
which we have enjoyed three seasons sailing around Poole, Swanage and
Christchurch. We have also been on two summer holiday cruises around the Solent,
staying on board for 12 days each time, visiting Christchurch, Yarmouth, Keyhaven,
Cowes, Bembridge and Port Solent."
Poppy’s trailer is custom made from a German Al-Ko caravan chassis and separate
launching/recovery dolly. This means that the trailer with its delicate brakes and
wheel bearings never has to enter the water. There are ramps on the trailer and a
winch, which allow the boat to be rolled into the water and pulled out under full