Yeoman's Maid 

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Built by David Hillyard in 1965


Yeoman's Maid

Yeoman's Maid : For Sale, Summer 2017
Aimée Waasdorp has been in touch with snippets of history about Yeoman's Maid. She writes, "My late father, Joop Waasdorp, a Dutchman, came into possession of Yeoman's Maid in late 1983. The Maid, as he called her, was moored in the Spanish coastal town of Cullera, on the bank of the Rio Jucar (south of Valencia). He purchased her from an Irishman named David Donovan who owned a house in Cullera. My father exchanged his own boat in favour of Yeoman's Maid which became his living quarters. Sadly I have no knowledge of the Donovan part of the history, or yet earlier. At the start of September 1988 my father passed away in a hospital in Valencia. I took it upon myself to sell the boat and traveled to Cullera. However, I discovered (when clearing and cleaning), she had not been taken care of, or let's say: my father had neglected the Yeoman's Maid. Understandably, he was getting on in years and not in too good shape. Nonetheless, I found a buyer, Ton Willekes, a fellow Dutchman, who told me he had plans to sail her to The Netherlands. The sale was finalised in December of the same year. That is where my trail ends".
I can add to what Aimée says because Yeoman's Maid is now (July 2017) For Sale. She's 8 tons with a stern cockpit. Refitted in 2010/2011 the asking price is £6,750. She's not listed in the Lloyd's Registers which makes Aimée's contribution to her history particularly valuable

Yeoman's Maid Statistics
Built : 1965 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 30' 0"
LWL : ---
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 3' 6"
Displacement : 8 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : ---
Signal Letters : ---

Yeoman's Maid Custodians & Home Ports
Roger Wiggins (?-2010-2016...) Bangor, North Wales
Ton Willekes (1988-?) Intended to sail her to the Netherlands
Joop Waasdorp (1983-1988) Cullera, Spain
David Donovan (?-1983) Cullera, Spain

Yeoman's Maid Links
Yeoman's Maid For Sale with Dickies of Bangor (PDF) July 2017 

Page last updated : July 2017


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