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Vintage child’s boat

I have a favourite shop in Totnes, Devon, which is stuffed full of vintage treasures. On our last visit I picked up a lovely vintage Star Yachts boat. Only the wooden hull remained, the sails, wooden masts and fittings were gone.

Star Yachts was founded just after the First World War by Franz Marie Denye, a Belgian refugee who had fled Belgium at the beginning of the war. Originally a builder of full size ships, he decided that models would provide a livelihood for him and his family. The works site was compulsorily purchased to clear the site for new development in 1990 and the family closed the business.

The boat has been sitting on a shelf in Edward’s nursery for months, looking kind of cool but definitely lacking something. So I bit the bullet and made some reversible Cath Kidston sails! The rigging isn’t perfect but hopefully adds to its’ charm.

Did I do the right thing in adding sails, or should I have left it alone? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


I’m linking up withΒ Flea Market Finds, Magpie Monda, Thrift Share Monday and Transformation Thursday – please follow the links for more lovely vintage discoveries.

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    June 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Love the sails!!! You have done the right thing , it looks gorgeous:)

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    June 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

    love the sails… absolutely gorgeous!

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    June 6, 2011 at 4:42 am

    i think the sails look great!

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    Karlyn Jackson
    June 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

    so sweet, love it!

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    Liz Burton
    June 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    You’ve def done the right thing. It looks amazing. You’re so clever!!

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    June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Well done you, a new lease of life and I love all the information you give us too

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    Mama Syder
    June 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Love the sails! You did the right thing…It looks Gorgeous!

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    June 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Wow, that is such a sweet little boat and the sails really make it – well done!!

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    ChrisTea And Cakes
    June 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Love it! Looks wonderful, I want to sail it myself. πŸ™‚

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    Heidi Jo
    June 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

    This looks amazing! Great job!! I absolutely love it and am a little jealous as well. πŸ™‚

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    Amanda gidders1
    June 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    It looks gorgeous!

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    Bek @ WeAreWildThings
    August 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

    The sails are great. It’s beautiful. πŸ™‚

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