1934 Starling Burgess and Donaldson designed the cutter Binker Which was built locally at Julius Peterson Shipyard located in New Jersey
BINKER was designed for Boyd Donaldson, a yacht broker in partnership with Starling Burgess at the time. BINKER was designed for Boyd specifically for him to cruise and explore with his teenage son. “Be seaworthy, have a good turn of speed to weather, Comfortable, safe and fun cruising”. Binker enjoyed many years of cruising the east coast of the United States Binker came to Europe from the Unites States by chance was purchased by Robin Todd a yacht captain. Robin rebuilt her in Florida and began his Atlantic voyage in 1997. Robin was overrun by hurricane Irine while approaching the Azores. Limping into Horta Robin repaired the damage and sailed BINKER to the UK. Thereafter the boat was sold and went into disrepair.
BINKER was bought by Jamie Robinson in 2015. Jamie undertook the complete restroration. She has been brought forth to the ownership of Thomas Perry in 2021.
Note : Binker was a character invented by A.A. Milne in his sequel to the “Winnie the Pooh”. Binker was Christopher Robin’s imaginary friend and first appears in the book called “Now we are Six” The poem is on page 17 of the book, hence her sail number 17.