Ratty – an Edwardian single skiff by Timms

A single skiff with bespoke trailer

Ratty is a smart 1906 Timms single skiff from the Edwardian era which you could describe as the heyday of skiffing when hundreds gathered at regattas dressed in special boating costumes and seated in varnished mahogany skiffs and punts. Boating parties were all the rage and many delightful illustrations and early photographs attest to this popular waterborne activity.
Ratty was one such and still has her plaque with the “By appointment to Royal Family” crest attached to the aft seat. She is a beautiful 23 feet long constructed of mahogany on oak frames. She is propelled by one willing sculler with a  pair of pruce blades with leather buttons. A tallow holder under the rowing seat is still in situ. She benefits from a hooped  canvas cover.

Despite her long life she has been regularly maintained by her current owner on an annual basis using  Epifanes varnish with gold leaf detailing along the gunwales. She has been stored under her full length cover out of the water on a new specially made skiff road trailer. Stored inside the vendor’s garage for the winter months. During his ownership any repairs which have been needed have been carried out by the Henwood and Dean boatyard.

For storage the trailer is 23ft6ins long and 6ft 8ins wide.

Viewing close to our Henley on Thames office. For more information please call us on 01491 578870