The brown owl class is probably the most desirable of all traditional yachts
BOAT NAME: Islanda
BOAT TYPE: Brown Owl Class Motor Sailer
BOAT LENGTH: 49ft 6ins
BOAT BEAM: 11ft 6ins
BOAT DRAFT: 4ft 6ins
BOAT DISPLACEMENT: 24Tons TM
BOAT CONSTRUCTION: Carvel Pitch Pine on Oak
BOAT DESIGNER: John Bain
BOAT BUILDER: Silvers of Rosneath
BOAT YEAR: 1934
Islanda has been fortunate enough in having a succession of dedicated owners, unusual for a vessel of her age. Her redesign is the next chapter in preserving this beautiful craft into the next Century .
Teak Silvers built motor yacht was the best money could buy at the time and John Bain is famous for his numerous designs of classic motor yachts
Bain created boats with elegance, charm and class while still having very comfortable accommodation and deck space.
Islanda's refit focused on this same philosophy a beautiful vintage craft, whist optimising the space available for the clients use
Each custodian is the next chapter in a vintage crafts life
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50ft ‘BROWN OWL’ CLASS MOTOR-SAILER designed by John Bain and built by Silvers of Rosneath in 1934 for Robert Barr of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire.
ISLANDA was requisitioned for service in 1940, most likely for coastal patrol. After the war Sir Geoffrey Burton of Wasperton House, Warwick acquired the vessel, he also was the owner of the Camper & Nicholson 50 Ton Schooner HOSHI.
A succession of owners followed; the mid-1950s Captain L W Cox MC addressed The Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks, Poole,1960 Mr & Mrs W Graeme-Lines of Cudworth Mano and moved her to Chichester.Ian Paterson of The Vale, Chelsea moved her to The Hamble where she remained through the 1970s and 1980s, changing hands in 1989. She ended up in Chelsea Habour in the mid '90s changing hands in 95, 97 and finally to her current owner in 2018
TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING
2019 I 2020
Carvel pitch-pine planked hull, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers and frames. Original varnished teak superstructure and teak skylights, hatches, covering boards and rubbing strakes. All expertly scraped back to bare wood repaired where necessary and beautifully finished with the best product on the market expertly applied by hand.
The Swept, teak laid decks have been renewed and laid using more modern techniques to ensure longevity, finished at the end in traditional technique as not to distract from the originality of this vessels exterior
Canoe Stern expertly has had her stern post renewed and the aft coach roof now makes space for a seating area for entertaining.
Island's interior has completely been refitted to allow her owners to enjoy her with the benefit of 21st Century comforts and layouts.
2020 I PRESENT DAY
A Beautiful and capable sea-going, auxiliary motor-yacht of immense style and distinction with a lovely canoe stern. ISLANDA has been fortunate to have been maintained to the highest standard. The interior has a wonderful ambience evoking traditional contemporary style, whilst the exterior is stunningly traditional down to every detail where possible.
ISLANDA is a breathtakingly beautiful motoryacht which you cant help at stop and stare at whilst cruising elegantly along the water.
It has been a privilege to work on ISLANDA, It has been a marvellous project, on a marvellous boat with marvellous clients.
When I was a child my father was a carpenter a word still used these days generally but I'm afraid a species hard to find, I still remember the wonderful smell of the wood work building he worked in, the aromas of freshly planned and reworked trees and the magical shapes and furniture they created. Many years later I had the opportunity to award the complete refurbishment contract OF ISLANDA to their yard a full two-year project
Though out the project my senses were awoken, the craftsman ship has been superb and my exacting aspirations for Islanda made possible Heather, Steven’s wife, the in - house designer who understands wooden boats has great ideas and a keen ear to interpret the customers wishes creating, via Steve’s wonderful committed craftsmanship, liveable space within the confines of a rounded hull Islanda now graces the Thames at Henley and will tour the south coast next autumn.
Thank you Dennetts , a true childhood dream made possible !
Owner . Islanda