We took a wee trip over to Scotland on the ferry a couple of days ago (from Northern Ireland) and bought a D17 that had been sailing on Lough Lomond until a few years ago. Since then, she's been sitting on her trailer and gathering green algae. We intend to clean her up and take her sailing around Ireland as often as we can, including some river trips (down the Bank from Lough Neagh to the sea).
The sail number is 61, so I'm guessing she's one of the earlier boats built, and she has a cuddy. Because of her association with Lough Lomond, and our surname (Clan Buchanan consider the area around Lough Lomond their ancestral home) we've decided to call her Clàr Innis, which was supposedly the clan's ancient battle cry.
This is our second D17, but the last one was an open boat. We sold her about 10 years ago and have regretted it ever since, so we've been on the lookout for another one for a while.
Her floor is a bit soggy in places, so the dreaded bulkheads might need some attention, but otherwise she seems in really good condition and has clearly been loved and maintained by someone in the not too distant past. The man we brought her from said her previous owner had died and that the boat had been sold to him by a sailing club on behalf of the owner's widow. Maybe someone on here has seen her when she was still being sailed? I'll try to put some photos up on the website once I've figured out how!
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