The first Checkstone was built by Lavis's Yard in Exmouth in 1973, designed by Jim Bickford and was named after a ledge of rock that was visible from the front window of his house on the sea-front at Exmouth Devon. Ã Ron Lavis improved on the design and he and his father started this build in 1974/5 and worked on her for several years in between commissions, over a two year period the hull, deck and superstructure were completed.
In 1993 20 years later the Checkstone was still in the workshop, work had been done on the cabin floors and walls, a toilet, cooker and bunks had been added .
Ã It was in November 1993 that the âClassic Boats Magazineâ did an article on the original Checkstone âDobbinâ and referred to this Checkstone by saying, âin the corner of a Boat builderâs workshop in Exmouth lies a half-completed wooden boat waiting for a loving owner, it's pedigree is impeccable and it's workmanship unimpeachableâ.
Ã The current owner purchased the boat and had it delivered to his house where he could oversee the completion work which has been carried out over the last 5 years.Ã She is now all but ready to launch, 40 years after the keel was first laid.
- Iroko teak and Mahogany strip planked on laminated frames
- Formed with Marine plywood and covered with Iroko teak strip decking laid with and caulked with Secoflex
- Cockpit 6 feet 5 inches long, self-draining marine plywood floor with teak checker board flooring, teak covered seating areas.
- Beta Marine B 30 HE 3 cylinder Diesel 0n flexible engine mounts, giving 30 hp at 3600 rpm.
- 2:1 gear box, high rise injection elbow and V pulley.
- Seawater cooled, via the engines heat exchanger, the sea water enters via a copper sea cock and passes through a raw water filter prior to the raw water pump.
- Teleflex single lever Morse control
- Shaft drive to 12 inch three bladed propeller via 1 inch stainless steel shaft in bronze stern tube
- Final bearings water lubricated by a scoop bearing
- Rope cutter
- Water cooled exhaust system has a Vetus exhaust Silencer / water lock, and discharges at the stern just above water level, the skin fitting has an anti-surge flap to prevent sea water entering the pipe. Ã There is an anti-syphon loop in the exhaust to prevent back flow.
- Engine controls on starboard side of cockpit
The whole installation, was inspected and approved by Marine Wise UK Ltd., the local Beta Marine Agents, who also carried out the final alinement's and balancing.Ã
- 240 volt Shore Power circuit
- 4 power points protected by Breakers and mains isolation switch.
- Battery charger
- 2 x 90 Amp Hour lead acid batteries
- Three lighting circuits one for saloon, one for Head and one for forward V berth reading lights
- Fresh water pump with switch under sink
- 12 volt supply to instruments
- 12 volt supply to masthead navigation lights
- 12 volt supply to sump pumps
- Fuel capacity 140 litres in 1 x plastic tank
- Fresh water capacity 70 litres in 1 x plastic tank
- Z401 single spreader masthead rig not tapered
- Z204 Slab reefing boom
- Stainless 1x19 standing rigging
- All Running rigging
- Pulleys and blocks
- Sliding track for mainsail situated at entrance to saloon
- 3 x fixed on Mast
- 2 x 100mm Barton winches for Genoa in cockpit
Sails not supplied and required as follows:
- Sail area main 169 Sq ft
- Sail area genoa 245 Sq ft