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  1. Good evening, If you think cruising multihulls are poor performers to windward, maybe you sailed the wrong ones. Forget about the tubs with their stubby keels. Try a nice little trimaran. The boat in the picture is a Farrier F9 cruising tri with good accommodation setting off on a 1800 mile ocean race, here sailing into a 45 odd knot breeze soon after the start. And leading the fleet too. There is a saying, "just like you don't buy a Porche for its ample boot space, you don't buy a trimaran for its ample accommodation."
  2. You build your own boat if building a boat is what you'd like to do. As been said before, every person has different reasons for doing it. In some countries there are few choices of available boats, or secondhand boats in some parts of the world can be hugely overpriced. Then building also makes sense. I will leave out the word "financial" because like owning a boat, building a boat is better better discussed without talking about FINANCE. I built a Farrier F9 a few years ago. I wanted an F boat and building one was the only way for me to get one. I found the building process hugely rewarding. The sailing was even better, and I appreciated the boat so much more than if I would have if it was bought ready to go. Building an F boat is not too difficult. You need to be focused and have the ability to to see a project through to conclusion. It is a mind- set. Oh, and don't build a too big boat. The F82 would be a good choice for the OP. Ian is selling plans again for a few of his classic designs, so have a look. My boat has since been sold, but I would build another F boat tomorrow if my circumstances allowed it.
  3. Good evening, Congrats with the new boat. Before you set off, beef up that sagging beam supporting the mast step. Many moons ago I did my first paid for delivery job taking a Pearson 26 on a 450 mile off shore passage delivery. That same sagging beam nearly cost us the rig. It was impossible to get any tension on the shrouds, the mast just pushed further down and the rig flexed like spaghetti. A quick fix is to just prop it up from below with a piece of hard timber. Have fun.
  4. Good evening, My advice to you is go and check out the work of Dudley Dix. www.dixdesign.com. He is good at designing for amateur builders. His work are of high standard. His boats sail very well. He himself is a very experienced bluewater sailor and he is a hands on backyard boatbuilder too. He actually home built a number of his own designs. Check out his website. He confirms a number of opinions expressed here by others regarding boat size. He has some particularly nice mid size steel boats for amateur construction as well as some small boats in ply wood which would be ideal for a 19 year old to build as a first build. so, check it out and tell us what you think! Regards. p.s. Bruce Roberts boats sail poorly, general opinion is that his work is not good. The designs are over 40 years old. Building a boat is a huge undertaking and if you are going to build, you might as well build something decent.
  5. I used to look at my son's Optimist an then at my Finn and thought what if we put the Finn rig on the Optimist........?
  6. Here you are. Cannot get any easier. Otherwise go to a YC boat park and look at any centerboard dinghy to see how it is done. Have fun.
  7. Yep, around Durban. Not worth a second glance.
  8. Good evening Nicholas, Your boat looks too new to be SA 19. If you want some background and info on your FD, in Cape Town, try and track down Gerhard Koper. Ask around at Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club where to find him. He is an architect and a former SA FD champ from the old days. He will be able to give you some background about your boat. Also check via SA Sailing for the FD class association contact persons. Class associations are usually very keen to help newcomers to get onto the water. Another old days FD sailor who can assist with info on your boat will be Al Leenstra. Contact him via Aeolians YC in Gauteng. This looks like a great project to get back onto the water.
  9. Good evening, will do so with pleasure.
  10. Good evening, I recall reading that the Flipper was designed and built with a daggerboard in Europe but the builder in South Africa built the local boats with a centreboard. Either way, it's a pretty straight forward thing to sort out. Have fun.
  11. Where do you live Nicholas? That hull still seems to be in good shape. All the best with your project. Regards from St Francis Bay.
  12. Plastic boat. Hot day. Too much forestay tension?
  13. Good morning, As a previous F9 builder and owner, I would also look at an F27 or F82/ F28. I see the towing weight of the F82 is about 1100 kgs. The boat's empty weight is about 770 kgs. Big thing is the Farrier tri's are just so nice to sail. You will never want another boat. Depending on your offshore sailing skill, Canaries on a small F is okay. Adventurer Mike Horn did a number of trans- ocean passages on a F28? We took our F9 trans Atlantic. Just keep the boat lightly loaded. You need very little to be safe and comfy. It's a short hop and you are there. I see Ian Farrier is selling plans for his three classic designs again, including the F82. Building that boat is not too big a task. Have fun.
  14. Sail on......our Peterson 33 at the start of the 1982 South Atlantic Race, Cape Town to Punta del Este.
  15. Good morning, the Tempest is also responsible for the greatest Olympic moment ever since Paul Elvstrom..........That was at the 1976 Canadian Olympics when Dave Hunt and Mike Warren set Gift Horse alight after the final race. Gift Horse was a sponsored boat and the guys sailing it felt that the old horse couldn't carry on any more. Instead of putting her out to pasture, they decided she had to be put down. So they took acetone with on the last race and afterwards set the boat alight with matches obtained from a Belgium sailor. Apparently the officials also had a total melt-down. Imagine trying to do something like that in this day. Regards.