Wherry Yacht Olive
Olive is named after her builder, Ernest Collins', youngest daughter.
After a successful conversion, creating the Wherry Yacht 'White Heather' from the wreck of a clinker-built yawl, Ernest built Olive with exactly the same interior plans. This produced a problem with the low bridges at Ludham and Potter Heigham. Olive could just about scrape through Potter Heigham Bridge at the perfect tide, but is no longer taken through. Until it was rebuilt in 1912, Ludham Bridge was completely impossible to pass for Olive, but the modern bridge is no longer a barrier.
Olive's quiet electric engine can help with the sailing when the wind becomes less favourable, but crew can still give a hand with the quanting! She has plenty of room on her counter-stern deck for sitting and relaxing while sailing.
Current Status: Afloat, under cover, and awaiting repair and restoration including some hull work and many new internal fittings (cooker, fridge etc). Olive is next in line for attention after Norada, and we have recevied grant funding to support the restoration.
Beam: 13ft 9in
Draught: 3ft 6in
Sail area: 970 sq ft
Gross tonnage: 21.15
Built: 1909, Wroxham