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Frames, stringers and keel
Triple diagonal mahogany planking
Strider cabin top
Coachroof under construction.
"Strider" launch day
Strider - John Dandridge with cap and pipe!
Humble beginnings - the hull of Sunrise outside the shed at South Heighton
Sunrise on Launch day
"Sunrise" just launched
Production line!! in Cantell's Shed
V27 No.4 "Nanaimo" under construction
"Nanaimo" now called "Stitcher" was the fourth V27 and the first to be built in the Cantell's Boatyard.
"Farwell" & "Breakaway of Stranford" under construction inside the Cantell's Shed.
Cantell's Boatyard and "Breakaway"
Launch day for "Breakaway of Strangford". The first Vancouver 27 to be fitted with a double berth fore cabin. She was delivered to Strangford Loch in Northern Ireland where she was based.
"Breakaway of Strangford"
V27 "Pheon" awaiting launch
"Pheon" the second
We built "Sossity" for Martin Barr of the rock band Jethro Tull. Sossity was names after a song he wrote
"SULA SULA of Seaford". The first of the second generation Vancouver 27s and winner of the Yachting World One of a kind rally in 1981
The first Vancouver 32. Built in foam sandwich construction. The mould for all subsequent Vancouver 32s was taken from this first one.
Vancouver 32 the first
V32-01 on test with Yachting World
The Pheon Yachts Ltd Factory
The Pheon Yachts Factory with five bays for yachts. The stern of the V38 can be seen in bay 4
Pheon Yachts Workshop
Pheon Yachts Workshop
Looking out of the workshop at the Vancouver 38
Inside the factory
Vancouver 32 nearly complete
Nearly complete Vancouver 32 alongside another one just starting fit out.
V27 and V32 in factory
Hoodwink - the first V32 Pilot under construction
The first Vancouver 32 Pilot had a wooden pilot house.
Vancouver 32 Pilot "Hoodwink"
Vancouver 32 Pilot under construction
The second Vancouver 32 Pilot had a GRP pilot house and was built for an owner in the USA.
V27 about to be craned
V27 being loaded
Vancouver 27 at the Annapolis Boatshow with Southerlies and a Fisher
The Pheon Yachts Workforce
The Pheon Yachts ltd workforce standing in front of a Vancouver 274 being prepared for shipment to the USA.
V38 arrives at Pheon factory for fit out
Vancouver 38 hull entering the factory
Vancouver 38 almost complete
Vancouver 38 just launched
V38 with Yachting World team
Vancouver Islander 28 leaving the factory
The first Vancouver 28 "Islander" leaving the Pheon Yachts factory in 1986.
V28 "Islander" with Kevin Seymour
"Islander" competing in the 1986 Round the Island Race
Northshore boat shed
Vancouver 28 moulds
The story of the Vancouvers in Europe started in a small shed in a disused quarry near Newhaven, Sussex in 1974. Below is an archive of magazine articles, brochures, specification sheets and photographs. This is an ongoing archive and is dependant upon member contributions to add to the story. Please feel free to send relevant items of interest to the webmaster for inclusion.
The European Vancouvers are by no means the only Vancouvers. A number of yachts were produced in America and Taiwan, an examples of which can be see below with the Vancouver 25, the smallest of the range, and the Vancouver 36 (Harris version). There are larger Vancouvers as well including the Vancouver 42 and the Vancouver 65, also built in Taiwan.
VANCOUVER 36 (Robert B Harris designed)
VANCOUVER 36 (Northshore - Tony Taylor designed)
A historic video of Pheon Yachts Ltd