Bringing mistletoe home

Wed 7 August 2013

On Monday the 29th of July Whittle Marine headed down to Cornwall to collect X1 from Falmouth. The journey down was beautiful and sunny and we made good time getting to Falmouth around 8Pm.


At 7Am we were up and off to collect Mistletoe the first X ever built.

In 1909, the Motor Yacht Club (MYC, now Royal MYC) commissioned Alfred Westmacott to design a one-design keelboat class. The first boat was Mistletoe built by Woodnutts on the Isle of Wight; an attractive, seaworthy boat suitable for the tidal waters of the solent.

It seemed only fitting that we were going to collect Mistletoe and bring her back to the Isle of Wight where she was built. Until now Mistletoe had been on show for years at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.


Mistletoe was hoisted by cradle onto a specially designed X boat trailor and then tied down carefully and secured.

 

 

For the journey back to the island she was also shrink wrapped to keep her dry and clean.

 

Where we left the day before in beautiful sunshine, the morning journey back wasn't so blessed with the weather and the rain came down for mistletoe's departure.

 

 

Journeying back towards the island Whittle Marine felt very proud to have been a part of Mistletoe's return back to home soil.

Getting onto the boat and trailing her over to Cowes went smoothly and we arrived at Cowes Classic Boat Museum and dropped her off in the hands of the Museum staff. A good jorney and a joy to be part of such an important piece of X Boat history!

 

Thanks to Wightlink for our sponsored ticket to collect X One, and also just fitting us on the boat!

Mistletoe will now be on view at the Cowes Boat Museum, take a look at their website and how to get there to see Mistletoe below.

http://www.classicboatmuseum.org/

 

 

Many thanks to all involved!

 

Whittle Marine

 

XOD Blog

XOD Blog

Keep up to date with everything X Boat, right here! If you’re looking for a place to start, here it is. With images, designs, histories and features.

Order parts online

Order parts online

Here at Whittle Marine we Supply a range of Harken blocks and rigging that we have tried and tested specifically for X Boat's over the years. Our systems are constantly improving, keep up to date and order your parts here! We also supply custom stainless bow fittings, carbon rub strips, carbon spinnaker poles and much more!

XODs For Sale

XODs For Sale

Check out the latest X Boats for Sale in the fleet. Contact us to find out more about the different boats for sale and or to arrange a viewing!

Whittle Marine's XOD

Whittle Marine's XOD

Keep up to date with the new build of our very first Whittle Marine XOD! With lofting planned to start this summer we will keep you up to date with all the latest progress as it happens.