It is with great sadness that the Cape Cutter 19 community has learned of the passing of Bob Brown, former proprietor of Honnor Marine in Rochdale. He, along with his wife Norma, brought the construction of the Cape Cutter from South Africa to the slightly unlikely location of Rochdale. It may not be a location immediately associated with sailing or boat building, but his unit produced well over 70 Cape Cutters (more than were produced in the southern hemisphere), as well as numerous boats from his “Devon” range. Bob improved a number of aspects the boat and took enormous pride in the finish of the Cape Cutter 19, especially the beauty of the woodwork which is a notable feature of this marque. The Cape Cutters produced by Honnor Marine are spread all around UK and Irish waters, with a sizable number travelling even further afield.
Bob will be remembered fondly by many current owners of Cape Cutters, who appreciated his enthusiasm and helpfulness. Bob’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the construction of these boats (the CC19 was one of several lines built in his yard), regardless of whether they were his own build, or one of those manufactured in South Africa, was unmatched. Bob was always happy to advise, encourage and help owners with any query, frequently providing spare parts free of charge. He was a strong supporter of the Class Association and we enjoyed his participation in the 2015 rally.
Bob and Norma’s well-earned retirement together has been tragically cut short by the Covid-19 virus. The class association, current and past owners of Cape Cutter 19s pass their deep condolences to the family.