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'Design perfection'

From our Guestbook


"We had heard so much about White Moth and she didn’t disappoint. What a serene, beautiful reminder of days gone by!"

"The experience of today, being on the Broads, a wonderful crew, will live a long time in our memories."

Fact File:

Name: White Moth

Length: 59 feet 

Weight: 23.87 tonnes

Type of Wherry: Wherry Yacht 

Built by: Earnest Collins

Launched: 1915

Maximum capacity for a day sail: 12

Suggested capacity if sleeping aboard: 8

Special notes: Ideal for longer charters.

Why sail on White Moth

Built in 1915, White Moth was the very last Wherry Yacht to be designed and consequently incorporates all the design updates and revisions made to improve the earlier boats.


She is also the longest of the Wherry Yachts and her excellent design makes her a favourite with our skippers as she is very agile on the water. 


She is also the only Wherry Yacht to have a shower on board, which makes her a good choice for longer charters.  She really is a true beauty and represents the height of elegance!


Key features of White Moth

>  Large Saloon with table

>  Three cabins, all with two beds and wash basin 

>  Toilet and shower

> Aft deck and seating area


History of White Moth

Built in 1915 by Ernest Collins for private owner Arthur Moore, White Moth remained privately owned until Collins bought her back to supplement the other wherry yachts in his fleet in 1921. She remained with Collins until the mid-60s, until she was sold to John Lindford who worked to restored White Moth to full sailing order with the refitting of the rigging and engine. After Lindford's untimely death in 1969, White Moth was owned by a couple who lived on board. One evening the couple had an argument, and as a result  one of them vented their anger by cutting a hole in the hull which caused the wherry to sink in a small dyke at Neatishead! Len Whiteside then bought White Moth for £300, and worked to restore and replank her bottom with the help of Ted Withers. 

White Moth eventually ended up out of the water in 1980 on Bell’s slip in Brundall where she ended up with large holes in the hull. In 1985 she caught the eye of Colin Facey who bought her for £1000 with the help of his father, Stan Facey, and took her back to his Horning yard. Over the next four years she was finally transformed back to her former glory by the renowned Norfolk Boatbuilder Maynard Watson.

Whilst in the care of WYCCT, White Moth has undergone several changes including the fitting of a steel keel, a new vane and linoleum on the coach roof as well as the decks.


White Moth Gallery

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Would you like to charter White Moth?

Please email our friendly team to discuss your requirements

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