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013 Talisker Mhor

Talisker MhorTalisker Mhor was designed by George McGruer and built in the McGruer boatyard on the Clyde, Scotland, in 1973. Cuillane, her sister ship, was built for an American who still sails her in the waters of Maine, USA.

Talisker Mhor's story begins with the admiration of Cuillane's beautiful lines and teak construction by an English east coast trawler man. His desire to own a yacht of the same design led to the commission of Talisker Mhor, built with mahogany and originally named Ceresio. Unfortunately the trawler man fell ill and the boat was never launched. Colin Tyndall, a member of the Clyde Yacht Club, bought the boat and renamed her Talisker Mhor,'Talisker' being the name of his previous yacht, 'Mhor' meaning 'big' in Gallic accounts for the larger dimensions of his new vessel.

Talisker Mhor sailed under Colin's ownership to the Caribbean and back and was then bought by an Italian called Doctore Luige Greppi in Gibraltar. In his ownership she cruised around the Med for a few years and, truth be told, was rather neglected.

As Steve Sands, the present owner, recognised in 1994 and still protests, "she needed to be sold". With rose tinted glasses they ignored the rat gnawed wood below, the strange smell of rotten eggs, the rusted hot and cold water tanks, etc!

When the boat was surveyed by Alan Buchanan, then in his late 70s, all he could say was, "the McGruers really knew how to plank boats in those days". This seal of approval was enough of a go ahead and a sale was clinched.

Steve sailed Talisker Mhor back from Italy to the UK and immediately had her lifted for some TLC, which was just as well in view of the fact that whilst trying to wrench off some rubber hoses the seacocks came off in his hands! Many months of labour later Talisker Mhor was relaunched. Steve had worked especially hard on the sail hardware, putting in roller furling and slab reefing which made it easy to sail the boat with just two pairs of hands. He and Lexa have sailed Talisker to Ireland, Northern Spain and Southern Brittany so far and are delighted with her performance, "She is a fine boat to sail and beautiful sight to behold. McGruers should be very proud of her".

 

 

 

Yacht Description

Owner:

Stephen Sands & Lexa Hillard

Designer:

George McGruer

Class:

One Off

Year Designed:

1968

Year Built:

1973

Builder:

McGruer



LOA:

16.64 m

54.7 ft

LOD:

16.64 m

xx ft

Beam:

3.86 m

12.8 ft

Draft:

2.25 m

7.4 ft

LWL:

10.67 m

35 ft

LOD/LWL Ratio:

xxx

Displacement:

20 tonnes

Thames Measurement:

-

Hull Material:

Mahogany

Hull Construction:

Carvel

Hull Frames:

Laminated

Rudder:

Keel Hung

Sail Material:

Laminated

Deck & Superstructure:

Timber ply

Superstructure Profile:

Coach Rood

Interior:

Classic Cruising

Steering:

Wheel

Transom:

Forward Sloping

Rig:

Ketch Bermudan Masthead

Engine Make:

Mercedes

Engine HP:

135

Engine Mounted:

-

Propeller:

Feathering

Propeller Blades:

3

Mast Material:

Cedar

Mast Configuration:

1 spreaders

Keel Configuration:

Long

Keel Material:

Lead