UPDATE 

Sadly, EISCA, the charity which administers World of Boats at Eyemouth is going into receivership and the exhibition at Eyemouth is currently not open to the public. As a result of this, Huff of Arklow is currently under administration. 

Huff of Arklow Restoration

Huff of Arklow is a rare Flying 30' ocean racer designed by Uffa Fox and built in Arklow, Southern Ireland in 1951. She was the first masthead rig sloop, and the first ocean going yacht designed to plane, based on Uffa Fox's highly successful 'Flying Fifteen' dinghy.  She is built on two moulded skins of mahogany with the outer skin running fore and aft, whilst the inner skin runs diagonally. This gives the vessel its great strength.  Huff of Arklow was also noted for her speed.  On her trip to Iceland in 1960 she recorded a speed of 23 knots and, for that voyage she was awarded the Faulkner Cup, which she won again in 1962 for her trip to the Azores. 

The vessel is owned and maintained by EISCA (Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association Ltd) in Cremyll, Cornwall.  EISCA preserves and maintains traditional boats who shaped the evolution of yachting.  The Huff of Arklow restoration to her original specifications is a natural step in this process which is aimed at divulging the historical importance of her design and her designer within Britain's maritime history.


Young people learning on Huff and the Heritage Lottery

In September 2012, EISCA received an award from the Heritage Lottery of £40,000 to help the charity complete the restoration project of Huff of Arklow. A small team lead by Dominic Bridgman, project manager for EISCA and two apprentices began working full time on Huff

EISCA is an educational charity so it linked the restoration project to an NVQ2 apprenticeship in boat building.  The Falmouth Marine School provides the technical side of the course whilst the practical side focusses on the restoration of Huff.


Public Participation

In Summer 2012, the project held an exhibition entitled 'Huff of Arklow, Uffa Fox and the development of yacht design' which took place over six weeks in the splendid surroundings of the Mt.Edgecumber country park.  The Plymouth & Caradon council kindly donated the historical outbuilding within the English Gardens for the exhibition which featured:

- a photographic timeline of Huff of Arklow, from stills of the original film of her build in 1951 which shows the advanced techniques used at the time and up to present days.

- the audio record of the original logs winners of the Faulkner Cup twice, in 1960 and 1962, kindly donated by the Irish Crusing Club.

- a fully scaled model of the original Huff of Arklow beautifully crafted by model maker J.Jefford MBE and kindly donated to EISCA for the exhibition.

- a lovingly restored International 14' dinghy designed and built by Uffa Fox and part of the EISCA collection which will sit in the central part of the gardens.

- a photographic presentation kindly donated by Rosemary Joy of the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes.

- an audio record of the article written by the late Uffa's nephew Murray Dixon and kindly donated by his widow, Jeannette.  This is an account of the drive down to Plymouth with Uffa for the Prince of Wales Cup regatta in 1929, when Prince Philip was due to arrive at the same time.


Huff's restoration in fast forward motion

Since receiving the Heritage Lottery Grant in the summer of 2012, the restoration of the Huff of Arklow has taken off at exciting speed.

The structural work on the hull was completed in December 2012, including the enormous 8,000 re-fastening job. New cedar splines were cut to size and glued in the routed seams between the outside planking throughout the hull. The latter have been fitted to match the thickness of the planks.

Repair work was also started on the inside structure with the renewal of all the broken frames. A new mast step was made and fitted and the centreline repaired. The metal work, which includes new galvanised, black iron floors and knees proceeded well.

By June 2013, the team at Mashfords were deep in the engineering works related to the new hydraulic system and the new engine, a Beta 35hp. Many adjustments needed to be taken into account in order to create a smooth and balanced system on a boat as sensitve to weight distribution as Huff.

Subsequent work on the structure involves weighing each item which will fit inside the vessel and making sure this weight is distributed in specific points in order to respect her centre of gravity. This is a lengthy procedure but fundamental to the restoration's outcomes.


Read all the latest news in the Cremyll Keelboats Newsletter:

July 2015

November 2014

October 2014


NEWS, July 2015 - Huff of Arklow is back!

The recently restored Huff of Arklow is now back to her former glory.  Cremyll Keelboats, are offering sailing voyages and training on board this fast cruising yacht, which sleeps up to five crew and can take seven people for a day sailing.  Take a look at Huff's full sailing programme.

In the meantime, National Historic Ships UK were delighted to present the Huff of Arklow with a Regional Flaghip Award for 2015, in recognition of the vessel's exciting sailing programme in the South West and Southern Ireland this year.  The owners will receive £250 to be spent on the vessel as well as a newly commissioned Broad Pennant to fly from the mast.

The Huff of Arklow was one of four registered historic vessels awarded the Regional Flagship prize this year, along with HMS Medusa, Havengore, and Thistle.  The National Flagship Award was presented to the West Country Ketch, Irene.


NEWS, December 2014 - Website for Huff of Arklow

Following her restoration and launch in September 2014, take a look at this great website featuring video clips, photographs and further information on the vessel's restoration and future plans - www.huffofarklow.org/index.php.

You can now experience the thrill for yourself by sailing Huff of Arklow next year.  Check out the sailing itinerary from summer 2015.


NEWS, August 2014 - Huff of Arklow has new lease of life

Following an extensive restoration project, Huff of Arklow is due to be relaunched at Mashford's Boatyard, Cremyll on 7 September 2014.  Read the press release.

Here is a video clip showing more details about the project.

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