A solid Sail Training vessel, Tectona is safe and fun to sail. With 2000 sq ft of canvas across 6 sails she keeps the crew busy!
She is equally well suited to group sailing as individual teenage sailing weeks and is particularly good as a platform for slightly older groups due to the size and weight of her rig and sails. She is the biggest of The Island Trust vessels and as such is great for larger groups needing lots of activity on deck. Her accommodation is relatively basic and well suited to youth work.
Built solidly of teak, with full-length 70 ft planks, she is one of the most seaworthy vessels ever built. Rigged as a gaff ketch, she is easy to handle and perfect for learning.
She has a hand worked windlass for weighing the anchor, and in the true spirit of the sea has a beautiful rowing boat called Anne for getting to shore. Her accommodation is in an open fo’c’sle style with 4 sets of bunk beds. There is one private cabin with bunk beds in for two, and the remaining bunks are in the saloon. She has a lovely communal feeling!
Tectona is owned by The Tectona Trust and operated by The Island Trust, who use it themselves for drug rehabilitation programmes.
Tectona was built in India in 1929 by local people and elephants who dragged huge teak trees to the beach to be chopped into planks. She was commissioned by a Major in the medical corps for use as a private yacht and was brought back to the UK and over the next 30 years, changed hands and professions several times. She was used to ferry supplies and personnel in the Hebrides during WW2 and as a charter yacht before she finally found her place in sail training.
Plymouth city council bought her in 1964 and she was used by the School of Navigation as their training ship for the next 16 years. A huge number of the most senior mariners in Britain learned to sail on Tectona as cadets. Over the next 40 years, Tectona explored most of the north Atlantic and Mediterranean, with young people from all over Europe to sail and navigate her. In 2009 Tectona was brought back to Plymouth as has been taking young people from all walks of life on adventures around Britain.
Country of Registration UK
Year built 1928
Rig Gaff Ketch