Over the past few years we have been working with the Sea Change Sailing Trust in Maldon Essex to help create a New Thames Sailing Barge.
Commissioned in 2019, The Blue Mermaid is a faithful replica of the original Blue Mermaid,one of the last Thames Sailing Barges built, in 1930, but lost during the war. The Trust uses the Blue Mermaid to work with trainees from various youth groups, gaining sea time and learning traditional seamanship skills. The Blue Mermaid operates entirely without an engine and yet carries cargo around the Thames Estuary, just as her predecessor did nearly 90 years ago.
Working in conjunction with Marine Results, PSDesign detailed and specified the rig for the 65m, 2 masted sailing schooner Lamima. Built in 2014, Lamima operates as a luxury charter yacht in South East Asia.
International 12m Magnolia, Rig Design
Working at Fairlie Yachts, Paul Spooner designed the spars for the Fife 12m Magnolia, operating in Norway. The yacht now operates race charters near Oslo with 3 other similar yachts.
Viking Ship ‘Yacht’, Valtyr
In 2009 Paul Spooner designed the rig and hull structures for a yacht built in Iceland. The yacht was designed from the inspiration of a Viking Ship, modernised for modern day cruising. A spectacular project, Valtyr now cruises between Iceland and Scandinavia turning heads wherever she goes.