Ballerina - job for pottering around inshore waters
Dating from the mid-sixties, the MkII Ballerina was one of the earliest glassfibre production boats. Based on an earlier moulded plywood design by Robert Tucker, the Ballerina is a pretty, 6.50m (21ft), bilge-keeled weekender with a modest, unchallenging rig and good stability.
She’s just the job for pottering around inshore waters with young children and even well preserved ones can be picked up for under £3,000. They were built by various companies, including Penryn Boatbuilding in Cornwall, and a lot were home-completed to varying standards.
They had three or four berths in a camping-style interior and, while most were outboard-powered, an inboard engine option was available. Headroom was limited to 1.32m (4ft 1in).