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Flare 25 – GBR1

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · 5 Comments

Flare 25 GBR 1 – Rocket Flare

After a couple of years of home ownership we decided that it was time to buy a boat. As I had spent most of the 1980s sailing 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 Tonners and the odd spell grinding on Maxis I spent some time looking at old IOR boats.

The only boats in budget were old 1/4 tonners but old meant old and even though the boats we saw came loaded with sails the lack of interiors meant that an alternative had to be found.

We ended up with Rocket Flare, a John Westell designed Flare 25. She needed a bit of work – refairing around the keel and the odd repair. As it happened we did not get much use from her when we moved inland we decided to sell her and go dinghy sailing for a while.

Ironically Rocket Flare had a very limited interior as she was the prototype for the class and she only had 2 berths. Later boats were 4 berth and came with a choice of long or winged keel.

Tags: Flare 25 - K1 · Previous Boats

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom Ainsworth // Feb 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    looked very much like the same one i had but my flare was called flacwhen and was built in abersoch and is still in abersoch.

    was a most wonderfull boad to sail.

  • 2 patrick // Sep 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

    these boats were all built in totnes devon by myself, we only made around seven of them

  • 3 Anthony Lloyd // Apr 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hi , Ive owned a flare 25 now for about 12 years & its also called rocket flare, I googled it to see if I could get some idea of the value of it , as lve had some interest , any help would be very welcome, thanks

  • 4 Patrick // Sep 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I built all these boats in totes Devon. If you need any info let me know.

  • 5 Gabriel Paaske // Oct 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Hi i just bought one of these boats myself, here in Norway, there are very few. There is not very much information on the internet, as far as i can see. Does anyone have more information about the Flare 25 K1?

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