At the end of May, we launched Rachel May. After an extensive refit including, a new centreline, reframing and some replanking, she sat quite high on her waterline and was sculled around the harbour by Ester and Phil, children of Martin Roach, St Ives boatbuilder. Ester’s husband Ray Gilholm comissioned the refit of his father in law’s punt in order that the boat should live on in St Ives. Many locals speak of having rowed tourists out to tripper boats in the yellow punt over decades. And she has always been yellow.
Martin built the punt whilst working for Tommy Thomas in the 50s. She is now the last St Ives built boat in St Ives harbour.