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 indeed. It has a paper deck badge marked "Original Clyde Yacht Wm Ninian Guaranteed to sail". In 10 years of buying and selling pond yachts this is the first "William Ninian" we have found. There is a note of one other on the internet. It was sold at auction in 2011.
The hull paintwork is original black with a gold coachline and varnish below the waterline. This colour scheme and the paper badge suggests that she was manufactured in the 1930's.
There are some marks and scratches on the hull which suggest that she has been sailed although overall the paintwork is very good for her age.
The rig is totally original. The spars, hooks and bowsies are all in good order and original. The sails are quite stained but are in very good condition considering she has been sailed. There are no tears but there are a few pinholes if you look closely.
The deck is in good order with all original fittings. The varnish is also original but is a little dull.
Although the design of this yacht is unmistakably Ailsa there are a few differences most notably the addition of a toerail and the rigging of the sheets.
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.
Very Rare Ailsa in original sailed condition -Sold
Length: 52cm (20.5") plus bowsprit 59cms overall Beam: 13cm (5") Overall height: 82cm (32.25")