"De Scoonheijt van Oele"

Rinus Alberti skipper of “De Scoonheijt van Oele” (the Beauty of Oele, named of a landscape in Twente) has provided some images and notes on some of the building decisions he made when building his SPV Romilly.

Romilly waiting for trailer

“I built my Romilly from 2003-2006 in the East of the Netherlands (Twente-region) and sail the boat on the lakes in the Friesland-province. In the Netherlands there are 3 wood-core build Romilly’s and all three have a longer cabin, like the wood-core Romilly in the Watercraft-versions some years ago.

Romilly just out of the boat shed

The cabin is 60 cm longer. And that is a whole lot of extra cabin-space! Instead of frame 4 (drawings on the website of Ed Burnett) I constructed the entrance 10 cm’s before frame 5. Just the same they did at Lyme Regis when they built the wood-core Romilly of Bruce Thorogood (see old Watercraft-editions, if you can still get some). There is still more than enough space in the cockpit. Cockpit-length is still 2 meters, so if it is necessary you can sleep in the cockpit.

Complete SPV Romilly

I also use a boom. This helps also to raise a cockpit-tent. And moreover, with some lazy-jacks it is far more practible to lower your main sail.

Romilly on Gaastmeer

All my spars are from carbon fibre. It really is a total other world of sailing. Wooden spars would be two times heavier. The carbon fibre spars are not amateur-made, but made by the Irishman Thomas Wilkes of the Ceilidh-company at Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands.

Romilly SPV

I sail my Romilly now for three years and made some changes in rigging and in the aft-deck. I’m curious hearing some reactions of other Romilly-sailors.

    1. Thomas says:

      Very nice pictures, thank you. I also think most SPV builders will decide for an elongation of the cabin – I personally only know one wooden Romilly with the original, short cuddy.
      As a future owner of a wooden Romilly (the boat is being build right know) I would be interested in learning how one could make the best usage of the gained room under deck. Any comments appreciated.
      And perhaps a second, connected question: As a consequence of the longer cabin the passengers’ mass is shifted more towards Romilly’s fine end: Is this effect noticable, or even problematic?


    1. jo houben says:

      I am building in foam core the trailer sailer 24 as a 21 version.
      Karl Stambaugh design. On the pictures I see a lot where I can learn from….

    1. David Lea says:

      Could you tell me approximately what a Romilly SPV costs?
      Thank you.