Friar Tuck 

An Invited Friend of the Harrison Butler Association
Waterbug One Design by JW & A Upham Ltd 


 Yacht Supplies, Brixham, Devon

Inspired by The Z4
Friar Tuck is one of sixteen boats designed and built by Uphams in Brixham, Devon. Based on Harrison Butler's Z4, and known collectively as “The Waterbugs” the Association is adding these boats to those that we'd like to track down and preserve the history of. Not much is known about Friar Tuck, in spite of the distinctive name. If you can help fill in her story, please get in touch.
In researching the Waterbugs, I came across the above photograph of Brixham's harbour front yacht chandlery of the 1950s. A high quality print is available from Francis Frith.

Friar Tuck Statistics
Built : 1954 by JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham
LOA : 24' 3"
LWL : 21' 0"
Beam : 8' 4"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 184056

Friar Tuck Custodians & Home Ports 
Dr David MP Pugh (?-1980-?) Milford Haven
AC Williams (1912- 1977-?) Plymouth
GB Ashcroft (1964-1970) Brixham
Allan J Moore (1956-1963) Brixham
Stuart Upham (1954-1955) Brixham

Friar Tuck Links
The Waterbug; A Derived Design?, HBA Journal, New Year 2016 
Pedigree of The Waterbugs, HBA Journal, Autumn 2016 

Page last updated : December 2017


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