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Tue 10-12-2024, 18:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Fri 13-12-2024, 10:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Tallulah 3 NightsTH10/12/24

Winter wooden boat workshop with sailing taster

Classic Sailing co founder Debbie has spent 2021 at Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy learning how to build and repair boats from GRP to clinker and carvel. This winter she is back home in Cornwall and has 4 wooden boats to maintain, including some quite big woodworking projects.

Come and join Debbie and other woodworkers whilst living aboard Tallulah as the mother ship. She is by no means a skilled boat builder, but she has tried her hand at most things does manage and refit Tallulah (22 ton pilot cutter), Outdoor Girl (17ft carvel yawl with sprit rig), Wild Boy (the boat she and others built at the Boat Building Academy) and Number 8 (a clinker rowing punt). Before that she looked after 38ft wooden pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes from commissioning and fitting her out new in 1997, to selling her for a profit 23 years later after 3500 customers had sailed on her.
The practical work could be on board Tallulah, at our Portscatho workshops, or on the beach at Freshwater Boatyard. We will transport you between sites.

These weekends offer a mix of :

One day having a go at wooden boat maintenance, trying out hand tools and power tools, discussing refit planning, and discussing the pros and cons of ‘having a go’ at boat building and repair versus hiring help from professionals.

One day of play – This is to remind us why we grovel around in sawdust and glue. To leave you motivated about the rewards of wooden boats, we will go sailing or rowing in wonderful mild Cornwall. This will be either messing about in whatever small boats are available to sail or row on the River Fal or Percuil River. Alternatively we could bend on sails and poke our nose out the river and go for a short day sail on Tallulah.


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Ideal voyage for:

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.

Highlights:

  • An interesting working holiday in Cornwall
  • All meals and protective safety wear provided
  • live on a cosy wooden pilot cutter on Fal River
  • Food provided & radiators & Stove on board
  • rigging work on 44ft Tallulah
  • repair work on 17ft Spritsail yawl Outdoor Girl
  • repair work on 15ft clinker rowing boat ‘Number 8’
  • possibly making a sail and repairs to sails
  • looking at costs of maintaining wooden boat
  • day sail Fal or Percuil River on the small boats

Tallulah

Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 13.5ft
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

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Tallulah

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 & buoyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • 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

  • 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 Note on Covid 19

While Tallulah's guests do not need to prove Covid Vaccination status at this time, it is expected that if a guest feels unwell prior to joining the ship they should always use common sense and test when appropriate to decide whether they should join the voyage, for their own safety and the safety of others onboard. It is a requirement that guests on residential voyages take out appropriate Travel Insurance and care should be taken to ensure insurance includes cover for such a case. Likewise, should members of Tallulah's professional crew including the skipper feel unwell prior to a voyage, they will always use common sense & test when appropriate.

 

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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