Maid of Erin

Launched 1983
Owner Roger Imms, Wesley Imms and Michael Edwards
Purchased 2008

Configuration Cruising, single spreader rig, Powered by a Bukh
Colour White Hull, Blue Cove Line, Blue Boot Line, Tan Cabin
Sail Number n/a
Australian Registration 856090
State Registration M0152Q
Call Sign VKN3487
Builder Swarbrick Bros
Hull Number 104 (Swarbrick’s records show it could be either
103 or 104, and known history makes it likely to be 104). The bare boat
was built in perth in 1981 and sent to Sydney to be fitted out by Maybrook
marine. This was beautifully done by maybrook.
Fit Out Deluxe, Teak, Celery Top Pine Composites by
Maybrook Marine
Previous Owners Doug Grewar 2005-08, Martin Whitham 97-04

Peter McBratney 95-97
Neville Huey ??
Ros(s) Martin of Terry Hills NSW
Previous Names Bakawari

The Yacht’s Story

From Roger Imms:

Maid of Erin passed survey
without a hitch and she is real credit to Doug. Shes a lovely boat in superb
condition. We feel for Doug and hope that he has the opportunity to buy another
S&S at some stage in the future. In the meantime I hope that he will take up my
offer to come down to Tassie and sail Maid sometime. When I walked along the
marina walkway and first saw Maid, it was love at first sight, which is probably
a familiar story for S&S34 owners. Interestingly, the web site had a part to
play, since about 12 months ago I looked at all the photos in the catalogue and
wrote down 2 or 3 that I thought looked like the lovely classic S&S34. You
guessed it one of them was Maid! though I didnt realize until I saw the piece
of paper on my desk when I got home. Myself and my brother Wes both sailed with
the late Reg Escott on both Solandras so we have been impressed with the S&S34
since we were kids.

From Doug Grewar:

“Maid of Erin” (my wife is Irish) has spent the last 5 years in Far North Queensland and in New Guinea before we purchased her in September 2004. I believe she spent some time in Adelaide and on the NSW coast before that. If anyone knows of this boat and its history I would be grateful for further information.
The boat was originally called “Adios” and may have been fitted out in the East after the hull and deck were transported from WA.

About the Owners

From Roger Imms:

Let me
introduce myself.

We are a
family of boat-owners from many generations. Our previous boat that we sadly
sold in December we owned for 15 years. She was a 12 ton 60 year-old wooden
classic double-ended sloop, Kurura, a veteran of many Sydney-Hobart races. She
became a bit much for me to look after in the end.

Maid will
be owned and sailed by the Imms family, comprising grandfather (a shipwright)
and grandmother, me and my family, my brother and his family, my daughters and
their husbands (and one great-grandchild) and a new partner Mike Edwards and
wife Jean from Scotland. There will be 4 generations on board Maid at different
times (and occasionally all at the one time!). She will be sailed out of
Kettering, near Hobart, mostly from Research Bay in the south to Wineglass Bay
in the north. Each summer we do a roll-on-roll-off thing on the east coast,
basing ourselves at Triabunna. Maid of Erin will be sailed all year round as was
Kurura and Im confident that she will be just as well-loved.

We are
looking forward to sailing her down from Sydney in May. Ill let you know how we
get on.

Roger Imms

From Doug Grewar:

Being an ex West Aussie and having a love affair with the S&S 34 spanning 20 years I have finally achieved one of my lifetime goals, to own one. IOR racing and cruising off WA Coast in the 80’s (Fremantle and Esperance “Pilgrim” S&S 39 now Perie Banou II) the S&S lines, seagoing ability have left an indelible mark on my sailing career. Maid of Erin sails in Moreton Bay, short handed, dodging sandbars, low tides turtles, dugongs etc practicing far bluer waters, and far flung lands.


Moreton Bay (Brisbane) 5/12/2005 “Maid of Erin” is at hull speed in 15-20 knot NE breeze with Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands in the distance.

Photograph: Chris Jackson (Wilparina)

Photograph: Chris Jackson (Wilparina)

Photograph: Doug Grewar

Photograph: Doug Grewar

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