Bonify

Builder: David Carter
Designer: John Hanna (1924)
Built 1980, Launched 1993

LOA 44ft Draft 4.3ft Beam 12.3ft
Double-ended Hull: Ferro-cement.
Decks: Pine on Oak Beams
Spars: Norwegian Pine and Douglas Fir

John Hanna's original design for the Carol in 1924 was for an ocean-worthy ketch but Bonify was built as a single-masted gaff cutter. She was built near Colchester, taking over 13 years to complete, and then went to the west coast of Scotland with a new owner. By coincidence she is now kept in Ipswich only yards from where she was first launched.

Her current owners have added a cockpit and more recently a handsome wooden doghouse. The next project is to add a mizzen mast and rig her as a ketch, closer to the original 1924 design.

Her relatively shallow draft is very suitable for sailing on the east coast and it's rivers and she regularly crosses the North Sea to Belgium and the Netherlands