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Waterbug One Design by JW & A Upham 



The Baltic Sea Waterbug
Myriam Spicka has been in touch with a photograph and news about Mowa, one of the sixteen Waterbugs designed and built by JW & A Upham at their boat yard in Brixham, South Devon. Myriam, who owns Mowa, writes; “Although Mowa is a small yacht, she's really seaworthy and, when she's got enough wind, fast enough and sufficiently spacious for long cruises - I enjoy sailing this ship”.
Mowa has been well cared for over her lifespan, with a steady investment of time and effort keeping her in reasonable condition.

Mowa under sail

MoWA, in this case, does not stand for Minister of Woman Affairs ! Mowa or Moa is a long extinct Maori bird.

Mowa 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° 184055

Mowa Custodians & Home Ports 
Myriam Spicka (2014-2017...) Lübeck, Germany, (Baltic Sea)
Telse Makris (1990-2014) Lower Elbe,Cuxhaven, Germany
Ian & Jennifer Barrington Cavender (?-1990) Moorlynch Bridgewater, Somerset, England
Richard LH Damerham (1965-1970-?) Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England
JW Kibby (1961-1964) Torquay, Devon, England
WL Ferrier (1962) Torquay, Devon, England
Jack KJ & Mrs SMA Holman (1954-1961) Brixham, Devon, England

Mowa Links
Mowa for sale last year, now SOLD. (Advert in German) 
The Boddengewässer by Myriam Spicka, HBA Journal, New Year 2016 
The Waterbug; A Derived Design?, HBA Journal, New Year 2016 
Pedigree of The Waterbugs, HBA Journal, Autumn 2016
Exploring The Danish South Sea, HBA Journal, New Year 2017
Mowa enters The Run, Crusing Yachts, Autumn 2017 

Page last updated : December 2017


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