18ft Tosher - Helga

Heard Tosher 18 "Helga"  

Believed late '70's.  Bought in very neglected condition and completely restored to professional standard by part-time shipwright.  She is now in superb condition. All rotten ply and rusty fastenings removed. Hull reinforced where beaching leg bear. Hull stripped  back to gel coat and professionally resprayed in International Perfection.  

Lovely laid deck routed out and recaulked. Gunwales refurbished but all other timber, coamings, rubbing strakes etc.renewed. New rudder built. Half bulkhead chain-locker installed and  all inner bulkheads renewed in lightweight honeycomb GRP/polyester sheet (no more rot!) faced with iroko tongue-and-groove. Cockpit sole, floors etc. rebuilt and smooth treadmaster covered with central handmade teak gratings. 

An original inboard engine had been discarded years ago so new engine-beds with low-hours Yanmar 1GM 10 diesel fitted with new shaft, bronze prop., bearings, exhaust/muffler, wiring, battery, single lever control, fuel tank, filters, and all skin fittings. Access for routine maintenance is remarkable.  New hand and automatic bilge pumps. New iroko-laid sound-insulated engine box, and laid seating.  

All deck fittings replaced or refurbished, all blocks and snubbing winches tufnol, vintage bronze bow-roller and main mooring bollard. 25lb CQR with chain and warp with bronze hawse pipe.  Fisherman kedge with warp.  

All spars refurbished with Wyckman-Martin furling gear to leathered bow-sprit traveller for jib and new Plastimo roller-reefing for staysail.  All sails used but sound (a little weathered) and set well with  3 slab reefs on main with reef points, so many possible permutations dependant on conditions. Rigged as a gaff-cutter, there is plenty of string to keep a keen sailor interested. She comes with an old gaff topsail and spar which I have not fitted, mooring warps, fenders, cockpit and sail covers, a camping cover and full winter cover.  

The photograph of Helga under sail shows a single reefed main and the staysail half rolled up. She is a powerful sailor shows a Shrimper a clean pair of heels) but remarkably stiff, stable,  and sea-kindly so safe for family outings with  a very reliable, economical diesel to drive her home against the strongest Exe ebb tides!  With a long heavy ballast keel,she is very docile on a swinging mooring, and has refurbished beaching legs.  

Why am I selling such a lovely craft?  The time has come, I regret, for something with a lid, somewhere to have a kip, obil a kettle, and which provides other unmentionable facilities.  She can be viewed ashore in Exmouth, and  transport can be arranged for the purchaser if required at commercial rates.

Mike Ashby

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