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Provident

1924

Provident is slightly smaller than Leader, at 95 feet LOA and 85 tonnes. She carries 2,750 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, is 70 ft on deck, has a beam of 17 ft and a draught of 9 ft. She is one of the medium-sized ‘Mule’ class of sailing trawler. Provident was built in 1924, in the same yard on the River Dart as Leader, which was by then owned by Mr Gibbs’ son-in-law, John Sanders. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.

 

After being laid up in Cornwall during the Second World War, she arrived in Salcombe in South Devon, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club. In the late 1980’s, Provident underwent a major refit, and was re-launched in 1991. She continued to sail with the Club until 1999, when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation. Down below she has sixteen berths, twelve for guests and four for crew, and has facilities similar to those on Leader.

The Rig
Provident is rigged now just as she was when she fished under sail early last century. She has a ‘Gaff Rig’, indicating that the Main and Mizzen sails are hoisted using a ‘gaff’, a spar attached to their upper side. The Ketch rig (two masts) was used to divide up the sail area, making each sail easier to handle by a small crew. The large number of sails (up to eight) makes it easy to ‘change gear’ by hoisting or lowering sails as required, depending upon the strength of the wind.

 

The Ketch rig is very versatile; good in light winds, when extra sails can be set (such as flying jib, mizzen topsail and mizzen staysail), good in heavy winds (she can sail under mizzen and staysail alone) and good for manoeuvring (the mizzen can be used to help to balance and turn the boat).

Events on Provident

 

Cruise Start / Finish Vessel Nights Cost Deposit
Easter Weekend Cruise 19/04/2019 - 22/04/2019 Provident

3
Starts:
Brixham

£375.00
Departs:
Brixham

£93.75 BOOK NOW
Short Devon Break 23/04/2019 - 26/04/2019 Provident

3
Starts:
Brixham

£375.00
Departs:
Brixham

£93.75 BOOK NOW
May Bank Holiday Devon Cruise 04/05/2019 - 06/05/2019 Provident

2
Starts:
Brixham

£325.00
Departs:
Brixham

£81.25 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 11/05/2019 - 17/05/2019 Provident

6
Starts:
Brixham

£750.00
Departs:
Brixham

£187.50 BOOK NOW
Maritime History & Heritage Cruise 18/05/2019 - 22/05/2019 Provident

4
Starts:
Brixham

£525.00
Departs:
Brixham

£131.25 BOOK NOW
Brixham Heritage Regatta/Extended Brittany Cruise 24/05/2019 - 03/06/2019 Provident

10
Starts:
Brixham

£1,75.00
Departs:
Brixham

£293.75 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 08/06/2019 - 14/06/2019 Provident

6
Starts:
Brixham

£825.00
Departs:
Brixham

£206.25 BOOK NOW
Extended Isles of Scilly Cruise 22/06/2019 - 04/07/2019 Provident

12
Departs:
Brixham

£1,395.00
Departs:
Brixham

Sold Out
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 20/07/2019 - 26/07/2019 Provident

6
Starts:
Brixham

£850.00
Departs:
Brixham

£212.50 BOOK NOW
Paimpol 2019 (Extended Brittany & Channel Islands Cruise) 28/07/2019 - 09/08/2019 Provident

12
Departs:
Brixham

£1,495.00
Departs:
Brixham

£373.75 BOOK NOW
DofE Residential/Summer Holiday Sailing 10/08/2019 - 15/08/2019 Provident

5
Starts:
Brixham

£745.00
Departs:
Brixham

£186.25 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 17/08/2019 - 23/08/2019 Provident

6
Starts:
Brixham

£895.00
Departs:
Brixham

Sold Out
Extended Dartmouth Regatta Cruise 24/08/2019 - 01/09/2019 Provident

8
Starts:
Brixham

£1,045.00
Departs:
Brixham

£261.25 BOOK NOW
Extended Brittany (Cruise in Company) 03/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 Provident

10
Starts:
Brixham

£1,175.00
Departs:
Brixham

£293.75 BOOK NOW
South West/Brittany/Channel Islands Cruise 16/09/2019 - 22/09/2019 Provident

6
Starts:
Brixham

£750.00
Departs:
Brixham

£187.50 BOOK NOW
Weekend Seafood Cruise 28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019 Provident

1
Starts:
Brixham

£195.00
Departs:
Brixham

£48.75 BOOK NOW

Vessel details

Official Number
139433
Port of Registry
Brixham
Builder
J Sanders , Galmpton, Devon
Date Launched
1924
Original Fishing Number
BM28
Radio Call Sign
MIGB
Gross Registered Tonnage
41.62
Net Registered Tonnage
34.43
Length Overall including spars
27.56m / 90' 5"
Length of Hull
21.51m / 70' 6"
Length of Waterline
18.29m / 60' 0"
Maximum Beam
5.49m / 18' 0"
Maximum Draft
2.83m / 9' 4"
Working Sail Area
180 sq m / 1940 sq ft
Maximum Sail Area
280 sq m / 3010 sq ft
Displacement
85 tonnes / 93 tons
Ballast
10 tonnes / 11 tons
Engine
207 Hp
Water Capacity
1,957 litres / 431 gals
Fuel Capacity
950 litres / 209 gals

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