Arbor Yachts

Hand crafted wooden yachts

Dusseldorf Boat Show

    • Arbor26 Boot stand pic
We're freshly home from the Dusseldorf Boat Show - Boot 2015, and it was quite a show. With three halls of sailing yachts, and 17 halls in total, there is a lot to see. One of the most distinctive yachts in Hall 16 was the Arbor 26. We caught the eye…

Simon Rogers visits Arbor

Last Wednesday saw Simon Rogers pay a visit to the Arbor Yachts yard. It's always a pleasure, and we get to have a very enjoyable conversation as we discuss the next steps for Arbor. We have been continually evaluating the Arbor 26 on the water, as well as working through the…

Rudder tweaks

    • rudder areas
Sea trials are all about developing and improving what was drawn on paper (if that's possible). Throughout the sea trials we have been hugely impressed with the performance of the boat, and the balance under sail. We did find though that the rudder felt unbalanced. We gave it a fortnight of…

Sea trials are under way

    • Tied up alongside.
Sea trials for the first Arbor 26 are now well and truly underway. We've been out in light to medium conditions fine tuning the main and jib, helming and the running rigging. We'll be out this week playing with the Code 0 and assymetric, and if the weather holds, we will…

The Launch!

    •  Dressing for her launch.
After 11 months of build time, friends and family joined us at Thornham Marina to see the first Arbor 26 go into the water. The weather surprised us with stunning sunshine, and we had a wonderful day. So happy to see her on the water where she should be. We have…

Sunday morning sparky

    • Electronics!
This morning I am getting my head round the electrical systems on board. It's not too complicated, but always nice ot do it efficiently. We're using the MAstervolt system to control all the main systems, and to make the whole wiring process easier and neater. I've loved the TackTick gear for…

Deck it out!

    • timber, decks and paint
The decks are now fitted, both in the cockpit, and the side decks running up to the foredeck. Really happy with the colours of the teak and varnished cedar with the painted areas. Classic with a few modern touches.

Mike Austen comes to visit.

    • Mike A visits
Mike Austen popped into the build shed this week. It takes a bit of getting used to, all this media stuff; us wood butchers aren't known for being a target of the paparazzi. Luckily Mike is a not only a fabulous photographer, he is great at working with us and around…

Structurally complete...

    • Structuraly complete
Following on from the last post, the rest of the cockpit structure has gone together now. The shape and space both in the cockpit and down below is set now, and we can crack on with a lot of filleting, then primer and paint to make her beautiful!

Bigger on the inside?

    • Coachroof being fitted
With the cabin roof now on, and the basics of the interior all put together, we get a real idea of the space. Somehow, whether you look at the cockpit, or down below in the cabin, you can't help thinking that there is an awful lot of space for a small…

Simply... Wow!

    • shiny cabin
The beauty of building in timber is that we have the freedom to do something a little bit special. For those of you who saw us at the Southampton Boat Show, this is what the cabin roof looks like now. Sean has done a fantastic job; there will be nothing like…

Harken delivery!

    • Harken!
An exhausted delivery man heralded the arrival of a very large box from Harken, and brought shiny-toy-fever to the build shed. Once laid out for checking, we saw a wonderful range of the latest blocks, winches and track, ready to fit to the Arbor 26. Selden are building our carbon spars…

A pretty set of curves...

    • Bunk corner construction
As part of the interior design, we decided to curve the corner of the quarter berths. It's easy on the eye, and more importantly, easy on the shins too! We started by picking our radius, and building the corner structure from cedar strip planking, all glued together over a mould. The…