Bugler : A Precipitous Fall
Allen Clarke, Bugler's owner between 1988 to 1991 has been in touch to say that during his custodianship he repaired approximately twenty frames, had the engine rebuilt, epoxy sheathed the decks, and installed new bronze window frames. He also replaced all the rubbing strakes, toe rails and coach roof trim. The cockpit, fuel and water tanks were all replaced. Black when he bought her, he stripped her back to bare wood and repainted her white.
Alas, in spite of Allen's caring endeavour, Bugler has since become an unfortunate example of how quickly a yacht's prospects can change, and how quickly it's retail value can decline, when a succession of well intentioned owners with poor health, or insufficient funds, or changing personal circumstances, take the helm. In recent years Bugler's been donated to charity, given away in a raffle and appeared on eBay. Yet as recently as 2010 she was in fully restored condition and actively raced.
Originally called Miss Minor, she's been Bugler since c1960.
Built : 1953 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 27' 6"
LWL : 26' 0"
Beam : 7' 8"
Draught : 4' 3"
Displacement : 5 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 186368
Bugler Custodians & Home Ports
Hannah Gore (2015) Plymouth, England
Morvargh Sailing Project (2015) Plymouth, England
Dolphin House Brazzerie (2015) Plymouth, England
Richard Hopper (2005-2010-?) Poole, England
unknown owner (?-1993)
Allen Clarke (1988-1991) Dartmouth, England
unknown owner (1978-1985)
AD Barker (1970-1973-?) Caernarvon
DA Caton (1968-1969) Port Dinorwic
Lt Col RJF Milanes (1966-1967) Bosham
DJ MacGeorge (1961-1965) Gosport
Col RA MacGeorge (1960) Gosport
Brig CWB Orr OBE (1957-1959) Littlehampton
DM James (?-1955-1956) Littlehampton
Page last updated : October 2016