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Bute man appeals for help in yacht restoration

Chris Sagan, owner of this 40-foot wooden yacht, is interested in hearing from anyone keen to assist in the restoration of the vessel.

Chris Sagan, owner of this 40-foot wooden yacht, is interested in hearing from anyone keen to assist in the restoration of the vessel.

 

A Bute resident is appealing for anyone interested in assisting in the restoration of a 40-foot yacht to get in touch.

Chris Sagan became the proud owner of ‘Nordost’, a classic German wooden-yacht built in 1928, four years ago. Since then it has been sitting in the boatyard at Port Bannatyne while Chris made efforts to get her back in the water.

Chris tells us: “‘Nordost’ has a very interesting history. During the Second World War she was kept in the Dutch canals and used as accommodation for Luftwaffe pilots.

“Once requisitioned by the Polish 1st Armoured Division, then part of the British Army (my father being one of these Polish soldiers), the boat became ‘Windfall’ and was sailed across the North Sea by an RAF pilot. Then, after years in Loch Striven, the boat ended up in Port Bannatyne’s boatyard.”

Chris would love to see Nordost sailing on the Clyde, but unfortunately hasn’t the time required to spare to get her seaworthy. He tells us: “I’m starting to fall behind in what needs done, and I’m starting to get worried.”

* Read the full story in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 20.

 

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