Virgo is a splendid example of the early twentieth century Pettersson designs which were the commuter boats of choice for Swedish folk with an island summerhouse. Designed to cruise quickly and smoothly across the archipelago on a long summer evening. The current owner took Virgo to his favourite boatbuilder on the Isle of Wight and at Clare Lallow's boatyard she was stripped back, repaired as necessary and then revarnished. A Beta Marine 60 engine was fitted with associated ancillary gear and completely new electrical systems to create a fine launch which combines classic 1920s styling with 21st century technology.
The build features varnished mahogany planking in a carvel construction on oak and metal frames. She handles extremely well at sea but would be equally at home on an inland waterway or a lake.
A little more detail on the rebuild : The stern has been overlaid with sheathing and is finished a smart blue enamel paint system. The newly laid foredeck and stern have fore and aft laid teak planking laid over a timber sub dec supported by oak beams. Team is also used on the cockpit floor, the panels and the top of the engine housing. Mahogany was chosen throughout for the other main areas such as the windscreen frame, coamings, engine housing, cockpit lockers and bulkheads. A pair of solid mahogany doors are set into the forward bulkhead for access to the cabin. The cabin serves for storage but is not designed for overnighting.
We hope to have Virgo at the boat store shortly for viewing on the UK mainland.