Certificate no 748
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Cowes
Vessel type Cutter
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Thomas, W C, Unknown
Built in 1909
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.51 feet (2.29 m)
7.30 feet (2.23 m)
Length: Overall
62.00 feet (18.90 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
47.00 feet (14.33 m)



Built in 1909 by W. E. Thomas, Falmouth, BOOJUM is a cutter with a top mast and has a carvel hull of pitch pine on oak frames and was fitted with a BMC 44kw diesel engine. Her current engine is a 75hp beta with 320 hours on her.

On the original papers SY Boojum was commissioned by Mr Buckley Haed, Permanent Address Garlick Club London, Occupation 'Gentlemen'. Made 1909 she was designed off the lines of a pilot cutter but was made sleeker and narrower with lines of yacht which was her intended purpose as a race yacht. The name Boojum comes from Lewis Carrol's 'Hunting of the Snark'.

'In the midst of the word he was trying to say, In the midst of his laughter and glee, He had softly and suddenly vanished away - For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.'

No artwork was commissioned Lewis Carrol  for the creature Boojum, unlike his other works Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky. The current owner commissioned the artwork as a gold emblem for the boat which has Head of Pegusus, Tongue of a Snake, Tail of Sea creature and claws of a Griffin. 

During the renovation period a antique brass foot rail was rescued from a small pub in Oban and installed on the boat for enjoyment of drinks at the bar. 

A 14 year refit of Boojum has just been completed. She is now in use as a pleasure yacht based in Scotland.



Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive (1993)
Classic Boat (Feb, 2004, pp48) All because he reads Classic Boat

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