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Fri 17-02-2023, 18:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Sun 26-02-2023, 16:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Tallulah 9 NightsTH170223

Winter wooden boat workshop with sailing taster

Tallulah is based at Smugglers Moorings on the sheltered River Fal during winter months. Once a month we will shake the winter covers off, and bring aboard food, duvets and blankets aboard this characterful pilot cutter. We think she will make a perfect base for a weekend away in South Cornwall, with all meals and accommodation provided on board. There is a stove and radiators on board, and a boom tent with open sides allows us to offer good ventilation too. and it sounds the perfect venue for some memorable evening meals with oil lamps, wine and good company. In the day we can either bend on the sails and poke our nose out of the river for a romp out to sea, or sail amongst the oyster boats in Carrick Roads (sheltered from the North, West and East).

Skipper Debbie has lived in Cornwall for over 25 years, so if it really is to wild and windy to sail, then it is a short drive to find spectacular walking along the coast path on the North or South Coast. We can also go rowing in Number 8 and walk in the oak woods locally. On Sundays Roseland Gig Club have a social rowing session from St Mawes which can be booked in advance.

This is for hardy types that want to maximise their winter outdoor time and can live without the internet. It is a very beautiful spot, that feels very remote, but is actually only a few miles from St Mawes and Truro. There is a pontoon to row ashore to, free parking and a shower unit ashore for mooring users.




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Ideal voyage for:

Those looking for an affordable winter escape to Cornwall with an all in price that includes your meals cooked, accommodation on board pilot cutter Tallulah, sailing instruction. Your skipper Debbie makes a great local guide to both sea based exploration and ashore activities and sightseeing. Let her show you a locals view of Cornwall out of the main holiday season. Car transport locally is also included, if the North coast is calling.

Highlights:

  • An interesting and active weekend in Cornwall
  • All aboard meals provided
  • live on a cosy wooden pilot cutter on Fal River
  • radiators & Stove heater on board
  • day sailing on Tallulah if the weather is suitable
  • rowing boat adventures in the sheltered creeks
  • walks ashore if weather too wild
  • car transport if walking coast path
  • electric outboard for longer dinghy forays

Tallulah

Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 7ft 5
Deck Length 44ft
Overall Length 59ft
Tonnage 22 tons
Year Built 2008
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE

We plan to run a few weekend workshops with Tallulah as the mother ship. The work could be on board Tallulah, at our Portscatho workshops or on the beach at Freshwater Boatyard.

Offering a mix of one day doing wooden boat maintenance and one day of play – messing about in whatever small boats are available to sail or row on the River Fal or Percuil River. If the weather is right and we have enough crew then we could poke our nose out the river and go for a short day sail on Tallulah.

We don’t mind if you come as an experienced woodworker, potential mate or just a keen worker who wants to learn some basic skills, gain confidence using tools they have never tried before.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help us keep our wooden boat fleet looking good
  • enjoy an alternative weekend living in the middle of the River on Tallulah
  • Learn some new skills or lend us yours
  • Wooden boat repairs on clinker and carvel boats
  • Rigging and sail making
  • Trying out the boats under sail or oar
  • Hearty meals, outdoor work and a beautiful setting

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Winter wooden boat workshop

Tallulah’s skipper Debbie has spent a year at Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy learning how to build and repair boats from GRP to clinker and carvel. When she returns to Cornwall in October 2021 there will be 4 wooden boats to maintain, including some quite big woodworking projects.

The mini fleet includes:

Newly built 16ft Spritsail yawl ‘Wild Boy’ – which will still have some fitting out to finish to make her ready for wild camping trips

Outdoor Girl is our original Gorran Haven crabber and needs some new timbers

15ft clinker rowing boat Number 8 needs a spruce up and repairs to her transom

Tallulah will have had a refit by February and be ready for residential guests to try out her new bunks and cooker. She will go back in the water early at our new sheltered winter mooring at Smugglers Cottage, way up the River Fal.

We plan to run a few weekend workshops with Tallulah as the mother ship. The work could be on board Tallulah, at our Portscatho workshops or on the beach at Freshwater Boatyard.

Offering a mix of one day doing wooden boat maintenance and one day of play – messing about in whatever small boats are available to sail or row on the River Fal or Percuil River. If the weather is right and we have enough crew then we could poke our nose out the river and go for a short day sail on Tallulah.

We don’t mind if you come as an experienced woodworker, potential mate or just a keen worker who wants to learn some basic skills, gain confidence using tools they have never tried before.

Debbie has run similar workshops in the past, but now she has a few more transferable skills. In the past Eve customers took great pride in making something for the boat they would see next time they sailed. You can quiz Debbie on the BBA boat building courses too. They have everything from spar making to sails, furniture making and marquetry. Boat building and woodwork is not just for boys….

bound for the Isles of Scilly on pilot cutter Tallulah

Tallulah – 2022 voyages that tread lightly on the planet

Tallulah is a well proven classic yacht, well set up for sailing, but new to the charter world. Owner and skipper Debbie Purser has many ideas on how to make her the best low carbon way to explore Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Based on 23 years of creating innovative voyages on our previous vessel Eve of St Mawes, Tallulah takes over the mantle of flagship for Classic Sailing and gives the company a vessel to shape sailing holidays that fit this strange new world we live in.

 

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities, and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation.  There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Sailing on Tallulah always makes a spectacle

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application.  If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better. 

Start & End Port

Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne

Kit List

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots
  • waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.

Alcohol

Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.

 

 

A welcome in oak

Vessel Gallery

Photos and images of the striking 44ft pilot cutter Tallulah, offering charter voyages for individuals, couples and groups from 2022.  Based in St Mawes, Cornwall. No experience is necessary and a local skipper as your guide.

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