Category Archives: William Fife

William Fife III “Lucky Girl” The Early Years 1909-1912

LuckyGirl Specifications: LOA: 41′ 7″ / 12.7m * Beam: 7′ 10″ / 2.4m * Draft: 5′ 1″ / 1.55m * Hull Number: 570 / Designer: William Fife III / Built by: Abo Båtvarf / Year Built: 1909 Construction - Built in 1909 in Finland, at the Abo Batvarf , yard number 570, a semi-composite vessel, with alternating steel and elm frames with mahogany planking.

2011 Revised Specs - Fairlie Restorations

Frames: There are 20 pairs of steel angle frames - 45x45x4 mild steel.

Floors: There are three types of floors:

14x strap floors, 360mm long arms 35x16mm of parallel section

5x plate floors in 3mm MS

9x web floors in 3mm MS

The Raffle - In 1909, William Fife designed a first rule 8mR racing yacht for Mr Soderman who later vanished in India. The yacht was eventually finished in Finland at the Abo Batvarf yard in 1910. Later that same year...
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William Fife MOONBEAM OF FIFE

Fife “Moonbeam III” Specifications: LOA: 98′ 05″ / 30.00m * LOD: 81′ 04″ / 24.81m * LWL: 65′ 0″ / 19.83m * Beam: 15′ 05″ / 4.72m * Draft: 10′ 07″ / 3.25m * Ballast: * Displacement: 41 tonnes * Sail Area: 430 sq m * Yard Number: 491 * Hull material: Teak/Elm/Oak Frames * Rig: Original Yawl/ Current Gaff Cutter * Designer: William Fife III * Type: * Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie * Year Built: 1903 * Restored By: Fairlie Restorations * Current Name: Moonbeam of Fife * Original Owner: Charles Plumtree Johnson * Current Owner: * Sail Number: Known Racing History: 1928 - Course Croisiere de la Mediteranee Winner Known Restoration History: 2004 - 2005 - Monaco Marine, Cogolin, France 2005 - 2006 - Fairlie, Southampton, UK Historical: MOONBEAM III was launched in 1903, a magnificent yacht which has now become one of the most successful classic yachts in the world. Designed to race, she sailed under the new RORC...
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William Fife LATIFA

William Fife Latifa Specifications: LOA: 70′ 0″ * LOD: 70′ 0″ * LWL: 52′ 6″ * Beam: 15′ 4″ * Draft: 10′ 5″ * Ballast: * Displacement: 43 tons * Sail Area: 2,195 sq ft * Yard Number: 808 * Hull material: Steel * Rig: Bermudan Yawl * Designer: William Fife III * Type: * Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie, Scotland * Year Built: 1936 * Restored By: Beconcini Yard * Current Name: Latifa * Original Owner: Michael Mason * Current Owner: 1976 - Mario Pirri * Sail Number: 121 Known Racing History: 2013 – The Fife Regatta - Class 1: Latifa Winner 2009 - Vele Storiche Viareggio - the Gerry Zaccagni Prize Winner - Awarded For Meticulous Maintenance with Seafaring Prowess. 1939 - Fastnet Race - 2nd place 1937 - Fastnet Race - 2nd place Known Restoration History: 2013 - Beconcini Yard, La Spezia, Italy - New stainless steel standing rigging, topsides sprayed with Awl Grip high solid clear, the covering...
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William Fife CAMBRIA

Fife “Cambria” Specifications: ex 1934 - 1962 Lilias LOA: 135′ 0″ * LOD: 111′ 0″ * LWL: 78′ 0″ * Beam: 20′ 5″ * Draft: 9′ 3″ * Ballast: * Displacement: 162 Tonnes Sail Area: 8,270 sq ft * Yard Number: 758 * Hull material: Steel * Rig: Bermudan Cutter * Designer: William Fife III * Type: 23 Metre Class * Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie * Year Built: 1928 * Restored By: Fairlie Restorations * Current Name: Cambria * Original Owner: Sir William Berry * Current Owner: 2004- Cambria Yachts Limited * Sail Number: K4 Known Racing History: ? Ownership History: 2004 - Cambria Yachts Limited 2001 - 2004 - John David 1995 - 2001 - Denis O'Neil and John David 1986 - 1995 - Charlie Whitcombe - New Zealander 1973 - 1986 - Michael Sears - American 1964 - 1973 - Georges Plouvier - Home port Pireaus 1962 - 1964 - Belgian Consulate, Andre' J.M. Verbeke 1936 - 1962 - Harold Giraud - Port of Chios, Turkey 1934...
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William Fife MARIQUITA

Fife “Mariquita” Specifications: LOA: 125′ 0″ / 38.1m - LOD: 95′ 4″ / 29.07m - LWL: 66′ 0″ / 20.11m - Beam: 17′ 0″ / 5.18m - Draft: 12′ 0″ / 3.65m - Ballast: - Displacement: 79 Tonnes - Sail Area: 6,260 sq ft / 581.57 sq m - Yard Number: 595 - Hull material: Mahogany and steel frames - Rig: Gaff Cutter - Designer: William Fife III - Type: 19 Metre Class (First International Rule 19) - Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie - Year Built: 1911 - Restored By: Fairlie Restorations - Current Name: Mariquita - Original Owner: - Current Owner: - Sail Number: Known Racing History: ? Known Restoration History: 1991 - Fairlie Restorations rescued Mariquita from a "Mud Berth" at Pinmill on the Orwell, where she was being used as a Houseboat. 2001 - Fairlie Restorations completely rebuilt, launched 2004 Historical: m1...
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