The boats
Current boats
Current Condition

Good superficial condition but each year brings a new area of hull that needs replacing or repairing. This season we were largely dry though!

Brief History

We bought Pentoma in 2010. Three years out of the water and a hot summer had taken their toll. We replaced a lot of rusting fittings, stripped and repainted deck and topside (so good was the finish, admiring yachties thought she was plastic - a doubtful accolade!), and last year stripped out the cockpit, repaired and replaced structural members and rebuilt lockers to make them top opening. She has had a colourful life, being owned for a time by the McGibbons family. James McGibbons, a publisher and Camden Labour councillor was air-lifted off the Goodwin Sands in his eighties and finally decided he should give up sailing. It was on reading his Guardian Obituary from 2000 that we realised the Cheverton Crusader mentioned there was in fact Pentoma. It was also McGibbons who was responsible for translating the New Glenans Sailing Manual into English. We started sailing in 2009, in our sixties, and Pentoma has turned out to be a good choice for novices, albeit more by luck than judgement. To help build confidence we sail her on the Deben. We realised we were proper sailors when we could moor at Ramsholt and go to the pub for lunch! More recently we have ventured over the bar and sailed her up the Orwell to the Ipswich Maritime Festival where we were berthed a few pontoons down from The Nancy Blackett! We were due to join the club cruise to London this week but a leaking water pump has intervened.

Notable dates eg. name/ rig change

A new Yanmar 1GM10 was installed in 2000.