Vee Jay

January 2018

New owners: Craig Young & Katie Leedham
Vee Jay is now moored in Plymouth


We became the new owners of Vee Jay in November 2013 having discovered her at Glasson Dock on the river Lune, Lancashire. The previous owner, Mr Len Hartley, had made many fine innovations to her fabric during his period of ownership. When Vee Jay was originally commissioned, in 1969, she was given the name "Spondulix". By 1973, this had become "Trebah". By Spring 2014, her new home will be Lincombe in Salcombe harbour, south Devon.

A page from the "Lloyds Register of Yachts 1973" discovered at the Newton Abbot boat jumble fair (2016)


— then named "Trebah"

manufacture: 1968
Hull No: 95

Wintered at Glasson, Vee Jay was anti-fouled after some small hull blemishes were eradicated. The engine fuel system was serviced and a new fuel pump fitted. Solar panels were installed in the windiest weather for years. Finally, she was transported by road to the Baltic Quay, Totnes on 25 Feb 2014 where she then rested for the next six weeks. The standing rigging was checked and renewed where necessary. On 11 April she was launched on the rising tide into the river Dart in splendid sunshine. Her Volvo MD2B rumbled into life and off she went down-river through sublime Devon scenery towards Dartmouth. Next day, we sailed for Salcombe and were met by a head-on force 5 at Start Point. From there to the Salcombe Bar, Vee Jay was undeflected by the tangled seas and her resolute motion was a continuing source of inspiration. She entered Salcombe Harbour in late afternoon & puttered sedately to the deserted pontoon at Lincombe.



Returning to Salcombe 2 October 2014 with trawler escort past Bolt Head, at the Bar.

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