Madoc was built by Mike Seeney in the late eighties, using hand-tools and traditional construction techniques. She is built from Tasmanian timbers including Blue Gum and Celery Top Pine. Madoc is a small cruising yacht perfect for sailing Tasmanian waters or further offshore voyages. Madoc was built in Oyster Cove after English born Mike decided to sail back to the UK from Hobart. He wanted to build a sturdy, seaworthy blue water boat that could be handled solo. Mike’s plans changed when he met Wendy Edwards, after which they added the cabin to make Madoc more liveable for two people. Wendy also built the matching clinker tender, Gynty. Mike & Wendy eventually travelled north together on Madoc, spending time in Sydney and reaching as far as Bali before heading back to Hobart. Madoc has been a much loved boat. Mike passed away in 2011 and Madoc is now with us, the new owners (Geoff and Andrea). We live aboard most of the year, sailing the Tassie coast. For us the boat is the perfect mixture of practicality and beauty. It is small and compact, with an easy to handle rig perfect for sailing in Tasmania’s unpredictable weather. Below deck is a sanctuary of cosy warmth and comfort, with a rich texture of timber grain, exposed clinker planking, copper roves and oiled deck beams. Madoc has the wonderful soundscape of a clinker boat which is a tinkling at anchor and a reassuring burble underway.
Madoc has some unique features worth mentioning:
– The original design is featured as “Annie” in Wooden Boat magazine #41, 1981.
– The design is a yawl with a gaff rigged mainsail. She has a stern hung rudder and a rounded tiller shaped around the mizzen mast.
– The rigging is traditional, with deadeyes, rope lanyards and served galvanized shrouds.
– Much of Madoc was built by Mike using only hand tools. Planks & deck timbers were all ripped individually by Mike using a handsaw. Saw marks and imperfections can still be seen in the interior and are part of Madoc’s charm.
– The topsides, cabin and all railings and hatches are all varnished – they have been varnished and maintained since sometime after launch (apparently she was originally launched with oiled topsides for some time before being varnished).
– The deck is fully laid 25mm Celery Top Pine (no plywood) with traditional cotton caulking.
– Madoc was originally launched engineless though soon afterwards Mike fitted the 10hp Saab with feathering prop.
– At only 24ft Madoc is surprisingly spacious. The back deck is flush allowing for a full sized double aft berth. The galley has an oven and double-burner kerosene stove. Stainless steel water storage under the bunk of 190L. The dingy stows aboard sideways on the front deck between the mast and cabin whilst underway.
-Madoc was featured in Classic Boat magazine May 2001 “A Tasmanian Angel” and the recent publication “Ultimate Classic Yachts: 20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Classic Yachts” by Nic Compton.