Bluefin at 29ft. is the oldest GRP offshore catamran, she was designed and built by Tom Dowling in 1958 in Malta. After being damaged during a storm in 2005 she was bought round to Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour where she has remained.
Last year Tom Dowling who has owned her for most of her life enlisted the help of two local sailors James Blake, son of the renowned yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, and Tom Porter, son of a local boat builder, who are now in the middle of repairing and refitting her with the aim of being on the start line of this years Round the Island Race.
Practical Boat Owner have just published a major artical on her history and the refit which is in the June edition of the magazine. This is out in the shops now or is available to buy as a download from their website here.
Thornham Marina have been sponsoring and helping this project in various ways including free yard storage, advice and introducing them to trade contacts.