Bonita (ex Iris & White Rose - previously inaccurately recorded as Helen) was built by Crossfields at Arnside in 1888.

As she was built as a yacht she has a fiddle bow instead of the spoon bow that Crossfields gave to their working boats. She is believed to be the only surviving Crossfield boat with a fiddle bow.

34ft LOD her planking is tight seamed which is another Crossfield yacht feature. Originally cutter rigged Bonita was converted to a yawl in the early 20th century.

She has been owned by the Beckett family since 1938 and is kept on the Swale. Her owner and skipper, Mike Beckett, runs a blog about her and this occasional blog describes some of her adventures - including her 2013 circumnavigation of Britain and Baltic cruise of 2016.  You can read the bog by following the hyperlink

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  1. Mike Beckett

    Bonita was never called Helen. She was previously Iris and White Rose. Lots more detail on her blog ( Almost certainly the oldest Crossfields boat afloat and also the first Crossfields yacht listed in Lloyds yacht register. Converted from cutter to yawl in 1907.

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