Maud Raby

In partnership with my son Matthew, and cousin Paul I am the current owner of Maud Raby. The picture is of her in the Lune Estuary near Glasson in 2018. More recently she has been in the Glasson Dock basin while we have prepared to get her out for renovations. We have been sorely delayed by Covid, hence two years in Glasson. This month (Aug 2021) we have been building a trailer at Glasson Sailing club so that we can pull her out and have a good look and think about what to do next. We hope to get her out soon.

Maud Raby is an approx 31 foot nobby built at Crossfields in 1937. She currently has a three-cylinder air-cooled Lister in her and is set up for fishing under power. Though it is unlikely the engine functions after she sadly sank having broken a mooring line while in the Lune in early 2018. As to the future we are not very sure until we have a good look. In principle, we would like to set her up to sail and, perhaps, fish. Before that she certainly needs re-caulking, deck repair, and if she is to sail a mast and rigging. Probably needs a new engine.

Paul and I first knew Maud Raby in the 70s when she was moored off the central Pier (near the Clock Tower Landing Stage) in Morecambe. At that time she belonged to Johnson Raby who was a friend of our grandad, Dick Woodhouse. Grandad then owned Kelpie (LR1) a 34-foot Crossfields Nobby which we spent a lot of time on.  He sold Kelpie in the late 70s and we think she went to N Wales. Grandad also looked after Sir William Priestley which Paul and I well remember painting and tidying up in the 70s. Although we have a strong connection with Nobbys, Matthew is a passable dinghy sailor, and Paul has the maritime experience, we are not skilled or knowledgeable on wooden boats. So it is going to be rather a voyage of discovery for us. I expect we will be seeking advice!

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