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Status: Laid Up - resting

Owner: Josh Travis

Area: UK


Open Launch. Construction: Strip plank, red cedar, epoxy glass sheeting outsi.
Hull model: Indian Runner designed by Selway-Fisher
Built 2004 by John Houghton at Burnham on Sea
Fit out 2008 by Glyn Lancaster Jones at Port Dinorwic
LOA: 16' 0", LWL: 15' 2", Beam: 5' 6", Draft: 2' 0", Displacement: 1600 lbs.
overhung rudder with tiller steering


Lune Valley type 2-drum WT Designed by Glyn Lancaster Jones,
Built 2004 by Glyn Lancaster Jones at Port Dinorwic
Fuel: solid fuel, Pressure: 147 psi,
Steel drum(s). Steel tubes.
condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump, feed water heater, whistle,


Single cylinder.
Built 2003 by Jim McKnight at Port Dinorwic
Designed by: Pearl Inc
Power: 1/2 HP


Bronze, 3 blades, Left Hand,
Shaft: 1" Stainless Steel


John and Claire Houghton built the hull and cabinet fittings at their house in Burnham. This was a labour of love by a man who was passionate about his construction, good enough would not do for John. John passed away before he could see his Whimsy completed. Whimsy was taken to North Wales to complete the hull fittings and instal the machinery. Another example of the expertise of Glyn Lancaster Jones who appreciated the high standards that John wanted. Whimsy to remain with the family at locations in Devon and Derbyshire.

Added to the register: 2014.08.03. Last Modified: 2021.03.19.

General view


Ist launch Llyn Padarn N.WALES

She floats

Pearl Engine

Macclesfield Canal

Claire the owner in control

Made in Burnham on Sea