Eileen II – 82′ – 1934/1986

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Eileen II was built for the Glasgow tobacco magnate Robert French, and launched as Albyn in 1934, Lloydsregister of 1936 shows him to be a member not only of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club, but also Commodore of both the Royal Cruising Club and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club of Cowes.She raced successfully both on the Clyde and at Cowes, where she was when war broke out in 1939.

Albyn, later Gialese, then Galashiel, and now Eileen II, is part of the illustrious line of sturdy cruiser/ racers from the pen of Alfred Mylne, and built by the Scottish shipbuilding firm of Alexander Stephen & Sons. The quality and method of construction of teak planks on steel frames is unsurpassed for
strength and rigidity. Her massive steel scantlings, superb 2 ¼ “ Burma teak planks fastened to the frames with bronze bolts is an early form of composite construction, and one which has withstood the test of time.

After a major re-build in 1986, the then Galashiel received the award for the best interpreter of tradition at the Imperia Classic Yacht Rally, thanks largely to her original interior and deck details.

Specifications

Type
Gaff Ketch Sail Yacht
Naval Architect
Alfred Mylne
Interior Design
Alfred Mylne
Shipyard
Alexander Stephens & Son, Glasgow
Year
1934/ 1994
Flag
Norwegian
LOA
28.00 m
Beam
5.30 m
Draft
3.45 m
Displacement
79 tons
Mast height
26.50 m over water
Hull material
Teak Plankin of 2¼” over steel frames fastened to the frames with bronze bolts
Engine
1 x 284 HP CAT; Re-built 2015
Spars
Laminated spruce
Crew
4 Crew
Sail area
280 sq.m
Cabins
4
Guests
7
Location
Norway