The yacht “Thelginos” was built in 1926 by James A. Silver Ltd at Rosneath on the Gareloch in Scotland for Mr Walter Bergius, the designer of Kelvin engines, and managing director and founder of the Bergius Co Ltd, of Glasgow, makers of Kelvin engines. The Thelginos, originally named “Vailima II”, was designed by Mr Bergius as a replacement for his previous yacht, “Vailima”, which was used in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from Dunkirk in 1940. She was the largest yacht that the well known motor yacht builders, J.A. Silver Ltd had built.
With her original rig of a single masted gaff cutter, she carries 1.600 square foot of sail. Her design is a result of many years experience of club sailing and her low displacement for her overall length of 78 feet, means that she has little resistance through the water. She has won two first prizes in the Hunter’s Quay to Tarbert race, out of six races entered, so becoming one of the most talked about yachts on the River Clyde. She was built as a yacht that would perform as well under power as she did under sail, her main Kelvin 150 horse power engine giving her a speed of 9-10 knots. With her fuel tank she has a range of 1000 sea miles, and can battle through even the strongest head wind. The great designer and sailor, Uffa Fox, has quoted her as an example of a yacht that possessed exceptional seafaring qualities.
Classic double-ender sailing yacht.
Length: O.A 78 ́ (23.78m)
Beam: 16.7 ́ (5.09 m), Draft 9.8 ́ (3.00m)
Tonnage: gross 65.74, net 40.55
Ballast: 20 tons
Construction: Oregon pine on oak frames Mainsail. Mizzen and foresail
Speed: 10 knots
Engine: KELVIN 150 B.H.P. diesel
Fuel tanks: 2,300 lt.
Water tanks: .800 lt.
Diesel Generator: Petter 25 kw
Equipment: VHF, GPS, NAVTEX, one inflatable with 20HP outboard.
Guest accommodation: This is provided for eight to ten guests, in one two berth cabin, two double berth cabins, and two twin berth cabins, with upper and lower berths.
Day cruises up to 22 guests can be accommodated Two W.C.s., one with shower. Shower facility on deck. Comfortable dining saloon below deck.
Open air dining saloon on fore deck. Spacious aft deck for sunbathing.
Wheel house settee arrangement.
Crew accommodation for three, with own facilities. Snorkeling equipment and fishing nets available.