[Updated 6th December] Readers will remember that For Argyll and its readers assisted French yachtsman, Pierre Primot – in locating the original plans of Taiseer V, a Robertson’s built Nicholson yacht he bought to restore.
James Roy, one of those who successfully helped M Primot, today received the following from him:
‘Here is some “holy water” from Brittany . This one is made from buckwheat. One bottle for you, the other one for your son, (if you agree).
‘Thank you again for your help.
‘I’ve been very busy in last summer, but since October, the restoration goes on. I’ve changed some of the beams, the stern knee, the transom.
‘Now the deck is ready to be done and I’m ready to continue the accommodation.
‘I’ve also redrawn the plans according to my options. I’ll send you a copy as soon as they are definitives.
Update 6th December
This morning the post van delivered a mysterious package to For Argyll – from Brittany.
Pierre Primot has also thanked us for our publishing of his search for Taiseer V’s plans and asking for readers’ help. He has sent us a mouth watering Christmas present of some beautiful Breton biscuits – pictured below. [Thank you, M Primot. We were glad to help. It was - and is - such an interesting collective search and for an inspiring purpose.]
The photo at the top of this piece is of the yacht under reconstruction, with the deck clearly finished and Taiseer V starting to look like she’s longing for water.
Great to see the life worked back into such a lovely boat; and it will be good to see her finished and taking to the sea like the swan she is, with all of the evocations of Robertson’s that she carries with her.
This is a fascinating story to follow – of a classic yacht from a much missed Argyll yard, at Sandbank on the Holy Loch near Dunoon; of a sailor determined to restore her well; and of others in the For Argyll audience who brought their own resourcefulness to bear in solving the detection challenge for M Primot.