William Fife “Fulmar”

Fife “Fulmar” Specifications:

Type: 8 Metre Class * LOA: 48′ 6″ / 14.7m * LWL: 30′ 0″ / 9.14m * Beam: 8′ 3″ / 2.51m * Draft: 6′ 0″ / 1.83m * Displ: * Sail Area: 820 sq ft * Hull Number: 785 * Rig:Sloop * Designer: William Fife III * Built by: Fife, Fairlie, Scotland * Restored By Fairlie Restorations * Year Built: 1930


Fulmar (yard number 785) was designed and built by William Fife at Fairlie. Completed in September 1930, Fulmar was never raced by her commissioning owner who sold her to R B and J S Aspin for entry in the 1931 Seawanahaka Cup trials.

Known Racing History:

1934 – 1936 – Seawanahaka Cup winner


Fairlie Restorations – ” The hull was found to be in poor condition and following renewal of the wooden keel, the grown and steamed frames were also replaced. The bilge stringer and beam shelf needed only local repair whilst the whole hull was re-planked. This was fastened in the traditional way; copper riveted to the steamed frames and screwed to the others.”

“The deck was replaced in teak, and the fittings were replaced using patterns made from the remaining originals. No winches were fitted, and her deck layout is totally original.”

“With the intention of resuming her racing life, no engine was fitted and the rig was replaced following the original sail plan and specifications. Following her relaunch in 1995, she has been kept and raced in the Mediterranean, where she is a regular and successful competitor at the classic yacht regattas.”


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  1. Ken Davies

    Fulmar and Amita were at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for many years. Fulmar was owned by Dr. Jack Balmer and Amita was owned by Stan Davies. both boats raced and were well maintained.

  2. Liz Wright

    My Father, Hector Porter owned this boat in the 1950’s and I remember her well. I own a wooden tender which my father made for Fulmar, which is now 65 years old. It is clinker built 10ft 6ins, of larch, with a small sail, called’ Little Girl.’ I am trying to renovate this boat but some of the timbers are beginning to rot at the stern and i feel it may defeat my limited skills. Any suggestions welcome.

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