'Lazy Wind' is a North Quay 30 gaff cutter designed and built by Ted Spears at North Quay Marine, Conyer in 2002 to my specification. She is of cedar/epoxy construction with plywood superstructure. She is 30' LOD, 38' LOA, 10' beam and draws 3' with the centreplate up and 6' with it fully lowered. The engine is a Beta 28hp diesel driving a feathering 3-blade propeller.
The mast is deck stepped in a tabernacle, with sheerlegs rigged to raise and lower the mast with ease using a tackle led to the electric anchor winch. The sail wardrobe includes main, Nos. 1 & 2 hanked staysails, jib on a Wykeham-Martin furler, topsail, trysail and cruising chute.
Below there are four berths, with the forecabin pair convertible to a double. Headroom is 6' 2". The galley is fitted with a gas 2-burner hob, grill and oven, sink and fridge. The heads with sink is to starboard of the companionway, and the separate shower with oily locker is to port. There is a full-length hanging locker for clothes, plus three large hanging canvas bags. We have made several improvements over the years, with particular emphasis on maximising storage space for long-term cruising. At the chart table the instruments include an Icom fixed VHF radio, Raymarine eS7 chartplotter (new January 2019) and repeater display of cockpit instruments.
History: Owner’s trials April 2002. In May of that year Lazy Wind was an exhibit at the relocated Beale Park Boat Show, held at Penton Hook Marina on the Thames. In 2008 she participated in the cruiser fleet at SeaFair Haven, held in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. L'Escale a Gravelines In 2014 she was an exhibit in Ostend at Anchor.
At the 10-year stage (2012) the original builder performed a major refit and with his surveyor's hat on, then produced a report for me as owner - a copy of that survey is available.
We have sailed almost 14,000 miles to date (September 2019), many of those in the Winter months. Lazy Wind is kept in the water all year - her name refers to old Kent dialect whereby the NorthEast wind is too lazy to blow around you, so blows through you! Always based on the Medway, she has visited France, Belgium and Holland, plus UK coasts as far as Whitby in the East and the Isles of Scilly and Milford Haven in the South.