Tuesday 8 November 2016
Sunday 28 August 2016
|The first KDY Junior
Finally, could the design of the Junior have influenced Tord Sunden in his eventual design proposal for the Folkboat in 1942? I think it's a near certainty that Sunden knew of the success of the Junior and its excellent sailing qualities. The similarity of the profiles of the two hulls, and in particular Sunden's adoption of the raked transom, make it, for me, a case of the Junior being, in this case, the parent.
Erik Salander (Sweden)
Wednesday 2 September 2015
Her performance under sail is excellent. She is faster and more weatherly than most serious cruising dinghies of similar size, even many well-known highly regarded modern designs. Her fittings and gear are strong, sound and serviceable. The rig is simple and, on dry land, the mast can be raised and lowered singlehanded. The new sails are of the highest quality.
In very rough seas the closed-off cabin and self draining cockpit largely eliminate the risk of swamping. The cockpit will free itself of water automatically within a couple of minutes while the boat sails on. However, even in the unlikely event of a disastrous total flooding, Salvo’s hull contains enough buoyancy to remain afloat.
Salvo sails well under reefed sails. In very severe conditions Salvo is capable of making safe harbour under sail with 3 reefs in the main and the small jib set, like a cutter’s staysail, well back from the stem head.
The Tricorn is designed for fast coastal cruising. Relatively high freeboard helps shelter the crew from spray.
The lockable cabin provides permanent onboard dry storage.
The draining cockpit enables the boat to be left unattended on a mooring indefinitely.
Cockpit lockers are lockable and weatherproof. The outboard motor can be stowed out of sight and out of the way in the lazarette.
The hull design offers good load carrying capacity for heavy camping or extended cruising equipment.
The electric outboard is powerful, ready for instant use without any starting problems, and has forward-neutral-reverse modes.
What are the weaker points?
Salvo’s cockpit drains let water in as well as out, so you often have wet feet. Fitting new bailers that seal properly would probably solve this problem.
Cabin access is awkward through a small hatch. It can be a tight squeeze for a person of average size, and requires flexibility and agility. Once in, there is just enough space to shelter 2, maximum 3 persons, though, on the plus side, it is dry and warm and you don’t need a cockpit tent.
Pretty much like most other boats that don’t have a centreline outboard well, manoeuvring Salvo under outboard motor, transom-mounted on the starboard quarter, can be tricky. The turning circle is large unless the plate is down, the rudder becomes ineffective at low speed, and the bows tend to blow off. The outboard prop can come out of the water and lose traction if there is a man on the foredeck.
The Tricorn is initially a relatively “tippy” boat for its size. Onboard you need to trim correctly and not jump about. On the other hand, once sailing, she feels steadier and her generous freeboard means you would have to be very, very clumsy or very unlucky indeed to suffer a capsize.
Salvo is now equipped for sculling when necessary for brief harbour manoeuvres!
Friday 8 May 2015
Designed by Roger Dongray I like to think of her as very much a modern adaptation of the traditional America Beetle catboat. Modern designed foils, minimised wetted surface and a high aspect gaff sail all combine to give her good performance, but what makes her really special is she's just a joy to sail.
At 350lbs she's no light weight, but stable, forgiving just the thing for a family day sail and a picnic, when you can be sure no one is going to get frightened if it blows up and you won't loose the sandwiches overboard. When the wind pipes up she will lay hove to gently while I effortlessly pull in a reef. And in strong winds she will even give a Mirror dinghy a run for it's money as we did in Bart's Bash last year.
There's a great write up here from the early 80's.
Shown here on her combination launch and road trailer, I keep trying to think about ways to improve her, but frankly Roger Dongray did such a good job there's not anything I'd alter. The un-stayed mast is easy to step even on my own, and I can have the sail laced on and be sailing in minutes.
One of the coolest things is being able to sail her backwards off the club slipway and past the dock when the wind is is the right direction, especially is there's an audience watching from the terrace.
Tuesday 28 April 2015
In Russ's own words, "You posted a couple of photos of our boat "Spiritus", which is an Ingrid 38. When you took the photos, we had just purchased her and she was still in very rough condition. We have restored her fully and are now sailing her in Mexico. I would like to offer a couple of photos for your use of her in her current restored condition."
I think we all agree that Spiritus looks fine indeed and especially so under sail in such beautiful surroundings.
It's been a few weeks since I received the photo's at the time, Russ and Carolyn were heading to Barra de Navidad in Mexico, it's well worth visiting their blog for an account of their cruise.
Thanks for getting in touch and sharing your story with us.
Sunday 28 December 2014
The Tidewater is a classic Maurice Griffiths design with his signature shoal draft. The cabin roof is extended out to the full beam of the yacht and thus gives a volume in the cabin which one would not believe in a 30’ yacht. The cock-pit is deep, safe and very sheltered because the dog-house roof is extended aft to cover it. With her buoyant bows, 50% ballast ratio, full bilge and good freeboard this is a yacht which will sail relatively upright, she is a dry boat for her size even in a chop and her 4 ½ tons weight gives her a comfortable motion seldom found in modern designs of a similar size.
I received an email from Paul Calvert who clearly believes the Tidewater design is one of the best having owned Brego since 1995.
In Paul's words "She is, in my opinion, Maurice Griffiths best design. She sails very well, is well rigged with ample sail area and does well in light airs. She remains very balanced and reassuring when reefed down and sailed hard. She also steers herself hour after hour with no help from anyone (the Aries vane has only been on a year)".
"An extremely comfortable boat to live aboard and having a very good motion at sea. Starting out at Walton on the Naze in Essex we have sailed the East Coast Rivers, then to Whitby, Peterhead, Inverness, Caledonian Canal. All over the West Coast of Scotland. Then Ireland's East and South Coasts until she is now in Valentia Island, Co Kerry."
For a boat cruising the often chilly UK, that extended doghouse is a great feature as is the clear deck space forward, ideal for working and anchoring.
Sunday 14 September 2014
|Hermione under construction at Rochefort
Sunday 13 July 2014
"I have a boat I am finishing up it is a Whitehall type boat 18x5 ft. I am building it to row and sail. I saw the mould for sale on craigslist it was in my area so I went and looked at it was such a pretty boat I just had to build me one.
I have no history on the boat mould, the man I bought it from lived in No Name Key the Florida Keys, with no electric run to that island it is kinda rough and his family was going to move him to the mainland so they wanted to clean the yard up to sell the house. The old guy said a man that lived across the canal from him about fifteen yrs ago built the mould, made one boat, sailed it around for awhile. He was going to store the mould for the use of it to build him a boat he never did the mould sat in the bushes for years until I came along and bought it.
He told me the mould was made from a very old planked boat that could not be saved so they faired it and made the mould discarded the original.
Well she certainly looks nice, and that's a great looking workshop which on the assumption that Bob lives close to Florida might get a little hot in summer, but no issues with it being too cold to cure epoxy.
Looking forward to seeing the finished boat and thanks for sharing the story with is Bob.
Friday 30 May 2014
Locally a member of the Old Gaffers Association sails this fine example "Miss Nighy" above.
Further afield I received an email from another Cara owner who sails "Carrots" in the Golf of Morbihan, below.
They might be few and far between but if a Cara 16 comes up for sale it would make a really nice day sailor.
Monday 3 February 2014
Charlie explains "The boat isn't a tacking boat at all due to the small keel, but she really goes across the wind or running! I have spent the last 4 years Abusing her and testing her limits in WY, but have only turtled her once... During a crazy thunder storm. But, luckly she sails like a Dingy and rights like one too... Just stand on the keel and she comes right back up!"
The weekender is described as a boat that borrows some good ideas from the golden age of working sail, as well as some new wrinkles from space-age materials and power systems. It's a project that combines the best of both worlds-the classic lines of the sea-wise sloops of the turn of the century-and the quick-to-build, lightweight, low maintenance of modern materials.
Weekender is only one of many interesting pocket yachts and day sailors designed for DIY construction.
L.O.A.: 19'6" L.O.D.: 16' BEAM: 6' DRAFT: 3' (1' w/RUDDER UP) HULL WEIGHT: 550LBS SAIL AREA: 120 SQ.FT
I had to look up Wyoming which is about as far from the sea as you can get in the United States, none the less Charlie has a great little boat and what some fantastic locations for sailing.
For more details about Charlie's boat please see the Stevenson's Project pages and thanks very much for sharing with us.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Joshua was the famous 39 foot steel ketch commissioned by Bernard Moitessier in the 1960's and in which he entered the Golden Globe Around the world yacht race.
According to accounts Moitessier was leading the race, but rather than sail homeward from Cape Horn he continued to sail on around the world again towards Tahiti. the video above was taken at the 2012 Vendee Globe in Le Sables d'Olonne, Joshua is something of a French Maritime treasure.
Pascal's boat is built to the same design, in steel.
Saturday 2 February 2013
Tug boat derived pleasure boats are popular in the US but very rare in Europe, perhaps that comment will elicit a flood of emails from European owners, if so please send photos and details we'd live to feature more examples.
Back to the boat in question, it was designed by an American, H.C. Hanson in 1957 for the US Forest Service as a Scaler's Boat. Scalers determine the amount of board feet of lumber in each log cut by a timber crew.
Not surprisingly the tug was quickly sold to an owner, who based in Michigan will use her to enjoy the fresh water of Traverse Bay.
Thanks to the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building
Wednesday 26 December 2012
It was almost exactly a year ago that I spotted Vagabond ashore in a local yard while I was out for my morning run, I could see she was rather special, but the crowded marina and weather didn't do any favours when it came to taking picture.
Several google searches later reveal that there is a VAGABOND on the Historic Ship register, described as a wooden twin screw pleasure yacht, built by Saunders-Roe Ltd. at Cowes in 1937.
She was registered at Cowes and her official number is 164825. She is made of teak on rock elm frames and has twin steering positions. She entered service on 3 May 1937. Prior to 1995, she was owned by Helen Jane Morris of 2 Cannon Hill Gardens, Shrivenham, Wiltshire and was extensively rebuilt in the 1990s with new beam shelves, deck beams, laid decks, s/s tanks etc. She currently has an internal combustion engine, with 104 kilowatts, made by the Gray Marine Motor Co.
Her hull was faired and repainted in 2006, the wheel house roof was epoxy sheathed and all points were addressed on a full survey.