When East Coasters wish

to epitomise coastal

cruising in their area, they

evoke Maurice Griffiths.

No other design reflects

the spirit of the great

designer and former YM

editor more than the 26ft

(8m) Eventide. Designed

and launched by Yachting

Monthly in 1962, she is a

hard-chine bilge-keeler

with a remarkably spacious interior. This is due to the raised sidedecks,

topped by a coachroof that is almost an extended doghouse. So many

modifications have been made to the marque over the years and so many

different building methods were used, that it is difficult to generalise about

her. There are also stretched and shrunk Eventides. Many were home-built

in marine ply from plans, though there are a good few professionally-built

ones, too. She has also been built in steel and GRP. The accommodation is

usually four-berth, with various configurations of galley and chart table. She

had a reasonably large rig but her shallow draught and rather encumbered

underwater area, means she struggles a bit in light airs, particularly to

windward. In a blow, she can have serious weather helm – many owners

have added a short bowsprit to improve balance. Plans for this, the earlier

Eventide 24, and many other of Griffiths’ 140 designs are available from

the highly active and helpful Eventide Owners’ Association. It is well worth

contacting the association before buying. Because of the variability of build

and fit-out, and the number of years she has been in production, prices

vary enormously. Tired versions sell for almost nothing while good, recent

examples fetch remarkable sums among Griffiths cognoscenti.

LoA 8m (26ft 3in) LWL 6.7m (22ft) beam 2.4m (8ft) Draught 0.6m (2ft 1in) Displacement

1,636kg (3,600lb) YM test report July 1962, March 1995