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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Aston Lark Insurance
Insurance scheme that is operated by the Padstow office of Aston Lark, contact Sarah Roberts.
Detailed information about boating facilities and activities including marinas, slipways, chandleries and tidal information for the next seven days.
Cork Harbour guidance for leisure craft.
Insurance for owners based in Ireland
UK based small based insurance
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.
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)
Dragon Drascombe
The Drascombe Ionian Experience offers the opportunity to explore the delights of the islands and harbours of the Southern Ionian.
Drascombe Association in Ireland
Our members in Ireland have their own website with news and reports of activities in the Emerald Isle.
Drascombe Boats
Builders of new boats, refurbished boats, brokerage, repairs, spares, accessories, trailers.
Drascombe Coaster Moksha blog
Ian Cowie's blog which is more of a log of modifications and journeys.
Drascombe manual
A copy of the 1979 Drascombe manual with rigging instructions and an intoduction by John Watkinson.
Drascombe Owners Association of North America.
A site produced by a band of like-minded souls in the US and Canada.Note: this site is now inactive but still available via a web archive site.
Dublin Harbour guidance for leisure craft.
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.
Irish Sailing Association
Irish Sailing Association
Jeckells the Sailmakers
Manufacturers of sails for over 177 years.
Just Lugger Joinery & More
Manufacturers of joinery and spars, and suppliers of accessories.
Blog about a Coaster called Kathleen
Lugger repair & maintenance
Tim Pettigrew's site based on personal experience.
Marine Conservation Society
The UK Charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife.
Mariners of Bewl
An organisation concentrating on sailing for the disabled.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Information on the various services provided by HMCG.
Milton Keynes Sailability
Milton Keynes Sailability helps introduce young people and adults with disabilities to get out on the water. They use a variety of boats, including Pippa a Drascombe Dipper donated by DA members retiring from sailing.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Marine Leisure Guide contains helpful information on everything from pre-departure preparation such and what equipment to carry, understanding tides and weather, lights and signals used by vessels, and navigational safety. It also contains information on Local Notices to Mariners and being aware of the various VHF channels used by HM Coastguard, Southampton Pilots and ABP’s Southampton’s Vessel Traffic Service, which controls shipping movements in and around The Solent and Southampton Wa
The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association.
Thin Water Annie
Curt Bowman's blog about his Coaster Annie.
Tidal Perdictions
The website provides tidal data for over 7000 ports worldwide
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
YouTube - DA channel
The Association's YouTube Channel