Welcome to Judith & Tim Crockford's website. In the spring of 2006 we finally escaped our daily routines, left our jobs, sold the house and started cruising on Innisfree, our cutter rigged Vancouver 28.
Over the years we have cruised the south coast of England, northern France, a large proportion of Ireland and we have spent a considerable amount of time in Scotland. Currently, we keep Innisfree near Oban and each summer use that as a starting point for our travels.
You'll find an account of our travels and life afloat in the 'Log Book' for the current year and the 'Archive' section has the Log Books for previous years. The entries are added over the summer as internet access permits. As you'll see from the our pages we enjoy exploring as well as sailing and our cruising is just as much about discovering new locations and surroundings than eating up miles under sail. Innisfree is our movable base, our summer home.
Innisfree is a Vancouver 28, hull number 53, built by Northshore Yacht Yards in 1996. She is 28' long overall and strongly built, weighing in at just over 4 tonnes. After a short search, we purchased Innisfree in 2005, she had been lightly used by her previous owner and overall was in very sound condition.
The Irish poet WB Yeats wrote a poem about retiring to an island on Lough Sligo for rest, relaxation and a simple life, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree' . The literal translation of Innisfree in Gaelic is 'heather island'.
The Vancouver 28 is a traditional long keeled heavy displacement cutter rigged yacht specially designed for long passage making. The design is a development of the original Vancouver 27, which was designed by Robert Harris in the early 1970's following a commission to draw up a seaworthy long distance cruiser for a couple who were planning to emigrate to New Zealand from Vancouver, hence the origin of the name. The original boat was constructed of wood and it duly made the trip successfully and was then sailed back again too!
In 1976, the Vancouver 27 entered production firstly in Canada and then shortly afterwards with Pheon Yachts in the UK . In the mid 1980's the design was updated to include more headroom in the cabin, additional freeboard, a semi-balanced rudder and with an addition 1 foot in overall length and became the Vancouver 28. Northshore Yacht Yards took over production of the Vancouver range in 1986 after Pheon went into liquidation.
Nowadays, you'll find both V27's and V28's all over the world! Keep an eye open for a blue hulled one it might be us.