|Peer's Fancy in Newport Harbor before heading offshore|
1 November 2009 Peer’s Fancy
BOAT: Peer’s Fancy
OWNER: Simon Bolt, England
DESIGNER: Don Peer, Hubbards, Nova Scotia http://www.muskokaseaflea.ca/plogger2013/index.php?level=picture&id=541
BUILDER: Blue Nose Shipyard, East Chester, Nova Scotia
HULL: Pine on oak
LENGTH: 40 feet [12 meters]
Designed and largely built by Don Peer for his family, Peer’s Fancy is a smart little schooner- traditional in appearance, stout and seaworthy. After a start as a family yacht in and around the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia, Peer’s Fancy went on to do some youth sail training in the Lunenburg area.
Under new ownership, the boat was in Newport Harbor for nearly two weeks before leaving for Bermuda and then Saint Martin- just this past week. Her crew, are regularly employed aboard the famous tall ship Bluenose II, but since Bluenose is in the midst of a $14million dollar refit, the folks delivering Peer’s Fancy were free to take on the job of sailing south. They stayed aboard in Newport Harbor performing regular maintenance and touring our city.
They wanted to take part in the North American Rally to the Caribbean [NARC] which leaves Newport on this Sunday, but due to their relatively slow hull speed, they chose to get an early start. Many of the larger and faster boats will overtake them en route to Bermuda, but once assembled there, it will be easy sailing for all as they head south to the Caribbean.