Daisy Grace is a Swallowboats Baycruiser 20 trailer-sailer. She is hull number 1, a fact of which I am inordinately proud. I saw her predecessor, the 20ft open Bayraider at the Beale Park Boatshow in June 2008. I had a trial sail in her with her designer/builder Matt Newland and made the fatal mistake of saying
“She’s lovely, but I’m really looking for a cabin boat.”
“I’ve designed a cabin version, I’m just waiting for the first order to start building…”
I went to Cardigan a few days later to see the workshop and have a sail in a Bayraider on the sea. I was hooked. I liked the boat and I liked the builder, so I crossed my fingers and ordered a brand new, untested design “off plan” that would soak up my entire savings.
Building started in February 2009 and I took delivery in July. Within a week my daughter and I had sailed her from Poole to the Isle of Wight and back. I have never regretted the rash decision to buy. I hadn’t really been looking for any sort of boat at all.