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YM E399 - 24ft Eventide -Trying to find her again

Posted: Tue June 12th, 2012, 12:10 pm
by smartalec
I spent all my childhood either 'helping' build or sailing my dad's home built marine ply Eventide sail number YM E399. I'd like to find her again and wonder if anyone can give me information about her or tell me who owns her now or where she can be found please?

My father modified the design to give more headroom by raising and curving the cabin roof and extending it. This forced the mast to be stepped on the cabin roof instead of in front of it (where the plans intended) on the fore-deck and thus makes YM E399 probably quite unique and certainly very distinctive. We quickly discovered she had too much weather helm and she was converted into a cutter from her second season with the addition of a short bowsprit.

Built by Ray Purvis in 1966 (after 5 years in the making in the back garden)and originally named Natula she was wintered until the early '70's at West Stockwith YC on the Trent and sailed from South Ferriby sluice on the Humber during summer. About that time she was sold to a chap named Hunneyset and the name changed, if I remember correctly, to Ormerod.

Any help would be much appreciated in my search of childhood nostalgia and in memory of my late father who went on to spend 2 years sailing single handedly around the World in a 42ft ketch 'Lady Rosemary' returning to Portsmouth at the age of 80! Thank-you, Ray Purvis (jnr)

Re: YM E399 - 24ft Eventide -Trying to find her again

Posted: Sat June 16th, 2012, 12:31 pm
by Eventide Owners Group
Hello Ray,

Drop us a mail at and i will try and look up the boat on our extensive records, she may well be still arround and may well be a member of the group, we have nearly 1,400 now.


Re: YM E399 - 24ft Eventide -Trying to find her again

Posted: Tue August 7th, 2012, 12:35 pm
by Eventide Owners Group
Hello Ray,

I have found her under the name Omrod and a reference to an advert in a 1996 magazine For Sale in Maylandsea, Essex. Any offers to a Brian Cox with a tele number, in Cambridgeshire! mail me at if you want to try the number!

Seems she was in a dire state then having suffered storm damage in 1995?

would be surprised to find she was still about. Not seen her on the Blackwater in the last 15 years or more.... not under that name anyway.

hope this helps