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Nora K363

Nora in 1957 when my father Johnno Miller had her. Cousin Jim Rendall is at the tiller and I am chief engineer. At that time she had an Austin 7 engine. In 1979 she had a Stuart Turner twin cylinder petrol engine fitted, and in 1993 I had her completely refurbished by Robin Duncan and installed a 13 horse Kubota twin diesel. She was built as a sailing boat for the Sanday regattas, and won two cups - one for her own class, and one for all-comers. She is 19 ft. and a very clean sea boat.
Picture added on 19 November 2009 at 19:27
Nice shot o your boat Bill. From the look o her she seems to be finer and sharper forard than a Stroma or a South Isles Yole wid be. I had a cruiser starned boat built by Wm Ritch fae Dearness and again she wiz much fuller foarad. It seems that the boats built in the North Isles were more like the Shetland or Norwegen lines.
The yoles here were built as load carriers for livestock,peats,etc as well as for fishing. All o the crofts here on Vagaland!! would have boated ther peats as there was no road conecting us to Hoy untill around 1900. Maybe some carting was done across the shallow bar at low tide. I was not around then so I dont know how good the connection to Brims wiz. Can you mind Fred!!
Added by John Budge on 21 November 2009
Nice boat.I believe they were known as north isles skiffs in South Ronaldsay.One lay at the end of number four barrier in the nineteen sixties. It had a Kelvin poppet engine
Added by Sandy Scott on 08 December 2013
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