Long and deep keeled, she sits firmly and securely in a choppy sea, her true colours and racing pedigree not really apparent until the wind rises beyond 15 knots
In a breeze with the wind on her beam she heals over, her helm neutral, and lieka Jack Russel she is away. When modern boats twice her size are struggling, she is in her element, cutting through the chop with 7 knots on the log .
Designed by the redoubtable Charles Nicholson of the Camper and Nicholson firm, the yacht became an instant success with numbers quickly rising to over one hundred from the first keel being laid in 1995. Hampshire Maid built in 1957 is number 44. That over 90% of all SCODs built are still in existance is testament to their quality.
The Maid was built on the Isle of Wight by Woodnutts. To our knowledge, she has spent most of her life cruising and racing the waters along the South Coast.
Below the Maid is charm itself. A mahogany interior with navigation area, galley and saloon with two bunks which cleverly provide for either two or a single and double berth.
With her saloon table in place, she provides an excellent and cosy space for supper. With her cockpit tent in place she has extra space on a windy night. The fo'c' sle provides plenty of space for heads and storage.
In her first year with the Club Hampshire Maid has featured as both a cover model and a Film Star.