Preview: The Lugger Grayhound

June 24, 2012

Avatar Maynard Bray

Seasoned sailors Marcus Rowden and Freya Hart became intrigued with the French bisquine LA CANCALAISE and decided to build their own version of this traditional three-master, based on an English lugger of 1776, named GRAYHOUND. Work began on this husky 63-footer, also named GRAYHOUND, late in 2010 and within nine months the hull was ready to plank. Construction is taking place in Chris Rees's yard in Millbrook, Cornwall, UK, using locally harvested wood with wooden trunnels holding the planks to the double-sawn frames. Launching will be August 4th, and she'll be ready for paying passengers in the spring of 2013. When viewing the GRAYHOUND website, don't miss the time-lapse photos showing the building sequence—and making months and months of work appear instantaneous. Faith as well as focused energy brings projects like this to fruition, and the world is better for it.

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