Certificate no 770
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Tollesbury
Vessel type Pleasure Yacht
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Howard, John, Maldon
Built in 1878
Hull material
Rig Bermudan Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.33 feet (3.76 m)
4.49 feet (1.37 m)
Length: Overall
47.80 feet (14.58 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


RIPPLE is a smack yacht built by John Howard at Maldon in 1878. She was owned by the same family for 80 years who used her for business and pleasure. Until 1952 when she had an engine fitted she was a sailing yacht only. From her original owners RIPPLE had several changes of ownership, on one occasion she was sold on condition that the new owner fully restored her but lack of finances and time precluded this happening. She is now based at Tollesbury and is in poor condition. However, a full restoration at the International Boat Building College at Lowestoft is now being negotiated


Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive, 1993

Key dates

  • 1878

    Built by John Howard at Maldon

  • 1952

    Engine fitted

  • 1958-2000

    Several changes of ownership

  • 2000

    Sold to Phillip Dan

  • 2006

    Sold and based at Tollesbury pending restoration

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