Alan Buchanan wooden sailboat
The pretty boat with classic lines

Clipper was launched in Durben South Africa on the 7th of September 1967. It took Clive Rouse 2 years to build her, working at night.

Clipper is 30 ft LOA and 2m draught which is one way of describing her. I prefer to describe Clipper through her build history and travels so far.

Clipper is made of wood and her hull is Mahogany with oak ribs. She comprises an iron keel, Oak backbone structure, carvel planking, Oak and Spruce deck beams with a solid Spruce mast. This is how the late Alan Buchanan designed Clipper, a Clyde Cruising Club 6 1/2 Tonner. Those who see Clipper moored on the river describe her as the pretty boat with classic lines.

Alan Buchanan clyde crusier plans

Clippers journey to from South Africa to Australia.

Certificate of Clearance for ships

Clive Rouse with Margaret Worthington voyaged on Clipper departing from Durben, South Africa 25th February 1972.

  Hardstand and antifouling

It is October 2018 and we are back at WMYC slipway. We love it here. Take a look at our videos on YouTube as Kevin installs the electric motor in Clipper making her an electric vessel. Read the full article.

Fitting out our small wooden sailboat

Dewalt DIY sail boat renovation

Fitting Clipper out is ongoing to make her safe to voyage and comfortable. Rewiring the  electrics and making a panel was among one of the priorities.

Living aboard our 28 ft wooden sailboat.

We live aboard and making the bed each night and setting up the table before we have dinner is all part of what needs to be done on a small sailboat.