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The history of Marchwood Maid

Design number 214 built in 1937 for F.J.Drew 15, Woodberry Way North Chingford, Essex.

Marchwood Maid was designed by Norman Edward Dallimore. Mr Drew's previous boat was 'Tiercel'. He bought 'Marchwood Maid' new for £1850.
A weeks labour of 48 hours for a ships carpenter was only £4 pounds 10 shillings so carpenters were hired direct from Camper and Nicholsons boatyard. 'Marchwood Maid' was then built by Husband and Sons using the Camper & Nicholsons carpenters working at Husband's yard at Marchwood. Planked in Pensacola Pitch Pine on English Elm.



  • LOA: 12.95 m (42 ft 5ins)
  • LOD: 12.95 m (42 ft 5ins)
  • LWL: 9.15 m (30 ft 11 ins)
  • Beam: 2.97 m (9 ft 7 ins)
  • Draft: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 ins)
  • Disp: 12300 kg
  • Rig/Type: Sloop
  • Sail Area: m² ( ft²)
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 30hp


  • Stem peace: 6" moulded x 4.5" sided English oak.
  • Stern frame: English oak.
  • Keel: English Elm.
  • Hull framing: 67 pairs all sawn, hull is framed up in 2' sided x 1.5/8" moulded Canadian Rock Elm steam frames placed on 8" centres and supported by a 2" sided x 4" moulded Douglas fir bilge stringer on each side.
  • Beam Shelves: 6.5' moulded x 2" sided Douglas Fir.
  • Planking: Carvel fashion in long length of Pensacola pitch pine and copper nailed.
  • Deck Beams: 2" sided x 2.5" moulded English oak.
  • Deck: 20 mm Teak on 12 mm marine plywood 1998.
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 30 hp. Year 1998 +/- 450 hours.

The superstructure consists of a well-proportioned teak planked coach roof and doghouse, with a varnish finish on the sides and a white painted finish on the roof.

Marchwood Maid' has a wide swept teak side deck.
On the coach roof there are conventional hatches and two bronze dorade vents. All winches are bronze.

All works of refiting had been executed by Navalia Kft. Veszprém, Hungary. Many thanks to Mr. Lajos Cittel the well known hungarian boat builder.

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6 guests in 2 cabins (3 single, 1 double and 2 child bunks). Entering below deck through the companionway there is a seat to port, situated in the doghouse, moving forward and down into the main accommodation there is a full size chart table to port and a galley immediately adjacent on the starboard side.

The galley is equipped with a 2 burner stove and oven, stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressurised water; there is also plenty of storage provided by lockers under the side decks.

The main saloon has the original gimbaled saloon table and there are settee berths port and starboard. The interior joinery is a mixture of pine and teak and with painted white bulkheads and deckheads. There are opening ports down the trunk cabin sides.

Moving forward there is a WC/heads compartment and wash basin to port and hanging locker to starboard. The forward cabin has a double berth to port and a single to starboard.

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Norman E. Dallimore, the son
of a solicitor, was born in
London 1883

Norman E. Dallimore
Sailing the Atlantic

The company of Camper and Nicholson was formed in 1863,
financed by both William
Camper and the Lapthorn

Camper & Nicholson


- 1937: Mr F. J. Drew, Chingford, Essex. Drew was born in 1907 and became a partner in a financial business. He joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1938 and went active in 1939 serving on North Atlantic Convoy Duty part of the time.
- 1945: Lt.Col.M.A.Sullivan, Cork.
- 1955: Dr.J.Mc.Cann, Cork. The Mc Cann family sailed her on the south coast of Ireland and raced her in the '50s. They changed the mast from a solid to a hollow silver spruce and changed the sails from cotton to dacron. 'Marchwood Maid' had a wooden rowing boat on the cabin. She had a white hull with gold leaf line, red waterline and black bottom paint.
- 1978: Micheal Larkin
- 1986: Giles Joseph Kennedy (25/03/86)
- 1991: Rick Ganly and Bill Murphy
- 1993: Sietse de Kievit
- 1996: Jan Zwart
- 2004: Kees and Astrid Veldkamp and family
- 2008: Sold and taken by road from Stellendam to the Balaton Lake in Hungary prior to a refit of the interior. The interior was partly stripped and replaced to make it more suitable for Mediterranean conditions.
- Curent owner: Adam Ilkovits and his family


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