Ailsa yachts were made by the Turner family in Largs, Scotland for many years both before and after the Second World War. They also made yachts for other companies such as Clyde Model Dockyard in the thirties and after the war for Milbro.
However, this particular yacht is very rare. It has a deck badge marked "British made Iona Yacht Guaranteed ". Although it is obvious from the hull shape that this yacht was made by Ailsa it is unclear whether Iona were a different company or if Iona was a range of yachts sold by Ailsa or perhaps Clyde Model Dockyard.
The hull paintwork is original blue green with a gold coachline and ochre below the waterline.
There is some paint loss on the bottom of the keel, on the bow, and on the deck edge and there are some marks and scratches on the hull. All of which suggest that she has been sailed quite a lot although overall the paintwork is good for her age. The name "Blue Streak" has been marked on the bows.
The rig is totally original. The spars, hooks and bowsies are all in good order and original. The sails are in very good condition considering she has been sailed. There are no holes or tears and just the odd stain. They have a lovely blue stripe which is indicative of the 1930's. There is a little damage to the bottom of the mast but it is below the level of the deck. The rigging has been renewed.
The deck is in good order with all original fittings. The varnish is also original but is a little dull around the fixings.
The stand is oak but is homemade and not as old as the yacht. It is included in the sale if required.
Ailsas are very pretty and are now very collectable. A rare example such as this would be a great addition to any collection.
Rare 1930's Iona (Ailsa) Pond Yacht in original sailed condition -Under Offer
Length: 41cm (16.25") plus bowsprit 18 inches overall Beam: 11cm (4.25") Overall height: 54cm (21.25")