The Bangor S-Class Archive

‘I purchased Seonaid in 1991 from the late Patrick Crichton of Dumfries,  who was the third owner of Seonaid,’ writes Evander Macrae on the Isle of Skye. ‘She was originally called Seaquin, but the name was changed by the second owner to Seonaid, as it is the Gaelic for Janet, his wife’s name.

Seonaid was cutter-rigged when I purchased her (I believe this modification was completed by Patrick Crichton who had installed a three foot bowsprit), but following some very rough
experimentation by ourselves, we felt performance was not an issue rigged without the bowsprit - in fact, believe she is better balanced now than she ever was. In the late 1990s I painted her in her current Britannia Blue colour scheme, following years of varnishing.

‘In 2007, I removed Seonaid’s second engine [a Volvo 2002] and installed a 13 hp two-cylinder fresh water cooled Beta driving a new 'Darglow' three-bladed feathering prop. This reduced weight from aft and the reduction in drag from the previous fixed prop really upped Seonaid's performance.

‘In 2008, following the failure of original mast (due to internal rot above spreaders) and difficulty in sourcing a replacement wooden mast, I took the difficult decision to fit the current tin mast. I did however specify an increase in mast height of 12 inches, which is why in some photos the main looks so short in the luff.’