Drascombe Association

Useful Links

This is a list of miscellaneous links to other websites likely to be of interest to the average Drascomber. All these links open a new window so that you don't lose your place here.
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Detailed information about boating facilities and activities including marinas, slipways, chandleries and tidal information for the next seven days. The listings are continuously updated by boating enthusiasts which keeps it up to date.
Churchouse Boats Ltd
The Drascombe Specialists - new boats, refurbished boats, brokerage, repairs, spares, accessories, trailers.
UK based small based insurance
Insurance for owners based in Ireland
Tony Smith's blog of sailing on the River Blackwater Estuary, Essex.
Daisy II
Julian Merson's blog for his Coaster Daisy II.
David McWhirter's blog
David McWhirter's blog "The Voyages of Tra Bhui"
Dinghy Cruising Association
The Dinghy Cruising Association was formed in 1955 to encourage all forms of small boat sailing other than racing. The membership comprises people from all walks of life, sharing the same love of messing about in boats.
Don't Play Misty for Me
Peter Duggan's account of a single-handed cruise to the Outer Hebrides
Douglas Hopwood's Projects
the late Douglas Hopwood's Projects Website now hosted on our site (with thanks to his son Peter)
Drascombe Association in Ireland
Our members in Ireland have their own website with news and reports of activities in the Emerald Isle.
Drascombe Boats Insurance Scheme
The Drascombe Boats Insurance scheme has been specially negotiated for Drascombe Owners. It is operated by the Padstow office of Aston Scott Ltd.
Drascombe Coaster Moksha blog
Ian Cowie's blog which is more of a log of modifications and journeys.
His most recent blogs have been about his trip to Scandinavia on the "Viking Cruise"
Drascombe manual
A copy of the 1979 Drascombe manual with rigging instructions and an intoduction by John Watkinson.(added 2015)
Drascombe Owners Association of North America.
An excellent site produced by a band of like-minded souls in the US and Canada. Well worth a visit.
Note: this site is now inactive but still available via a web archive site.
Duncan's Yacht Chandlers
Duncan's Yacht Chandlers, based in Glasgow
Dutch Drascombe Assn
Dutch Drascombe Assn
Drascombe Facebook Group (not DA)
Flickr photo group
Not a blog or a video but belongs in a 'new technology' group
Honnor Marine
Manufacturers of Devon boats and providers of spares for Drascombes and Devons. Second Hand boats also sold.
In the Present Sea
Lugger circumnavigator Webb Chiles' personal website, with articles, poems, and photographs about his life and voyages. You can now download his books THE OPEN BOAT and THE OCEAN WAITS about his voyage in the Drascombe Lugger, CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE.
Irish Sailing Association
Irish Sailing Association
Jeckells the Sailmakers
Manufacturers of sails for over 177 years. They have a selection of sails on the shelf at most times of the year.
All sails are manufactured in their purpose built sailloft in the UK and are supplied with a unique 5 Year Guarantee. They also offer a instant sail repair service and can collect/return sails from/to anywhere in the country.
Blog about a Coaster called Kathleen
Lugger repair & maintenance
Tim Pettigrew's site based on personal (hard-won!) experience.
Marine Conservation Society
The UK Charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. The website also gives details of the Basking Shark and Turtle watch sightings scheme.
Mariners of Bewl
An organisation concentrating on sailing for the disabled.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Information on the various services provided by HMCG.
NKDE Nederlandse Kring van Drascombe Eigenaren
Website of the Association of Dutch Drascombe Owners.
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Admiralty Charts - Searchable Notices to Mariners. This will enable you to search the Notices to Mariners service for updates to Admiralty Charts by Chart or NM Number.
Ocean First Marine
Ocean First Marine specialises in the Distribution of premium quality marine leisure equipment within the UK.Currently representing two of Europe's best brands, Kalf Trailers and 3D Tender.
old Dutch Drascombe site
old Dutch Drascombe site (previous Website of the Association of Dutch Drascombe Owners
Old Gaffers Association
Old Gaffers Association
Colin Watt's fascinating record of the renovation of the Wooden Drascombe Longboat "Otter".
Peter Rhodes in Sally Gee
on youtube.com John Boileau
Ports and Harbours of the UK
This web site has a photograph, details and contacts for over 900 ports, harbours, jetties and piers around the coastline of the UK
R&J Sails
New sails for the entire Drascombe range.
Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Royal Yachting Association
The UK's governing body for pleasure boating. The RYA represents an ever growing constituency including 80,000 members.
Sea Watch
Sea Watch is a national marine conservation research charity dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) around the UK.
Sharon Geary-Harwood's blog
Sharon's blog -- A new year's resolution is to enjoy being on the water, learn to sail, attend a rally and live aboard for a night - not too much for a novice, and someone who is a very busy person.
Small Boat Restoration
Small Boat Restoration; Kent Blair Lewis's Blog, with tips on their restorations, plus sailing adventures.
Solent Tightwad Sailor
A sailors guide to the Solent, where to go and what to see without spending a fortune
South Coast Shrimper
Dick Pizey's blog. Although Dick no longer owns a Drascombe, he still sails with them and attends (and organises) Association rallies.
Southampton VTS
Everythingyou could want to know about the port of Southampton and its approaches: weather, tide, traffic movements, live radar, and much more.
The 20-knot Drascombe - A Design Study
Naval Architect Stuart Roy asks "Can it be done......... and would anyone want one anyway?"
The Drascombe Ionian Experience
The Drascombe Ionian Experience offers the opportunity to explore the delights of the islands and harbours of the Southern Ionian.
The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water or whose livelihood depends on it.
Thin Water Annie
Curt Bowman's blog about his Coaster Annie.
Voyage of Valdesca: a Drascombe longboat
Claudia Lewis's Blog
Wooden Drascombes
Colin Watt's original register of wooden Drascombes and their builders now maintained and updated by the Association
sailing in The Netherlands and in Greece in the Ionic, the Gulf of Corinth and the Channel of Corinth. 2 english articles. Dutch site
XC Weather
XC Weather Forecast