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Jan Gougeon

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Some of you have been contacted personally, for others this will be very hard to continue reading.

 

Jan Gougeon fought a long hard battle with a respiratory infection for many years. He succumbed to his illness this morning at University of Michigan Medical Hospital.

 

A Memorial service is planned for Jan at the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club on Thursday December 27th

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I'm so sorry to hear this- spoke with him once on the phone about Ollie, but otherwise was just an enormous admirer of both brothers.

 

Condolences to all who knew him well.

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Very Sorry to hear this. Jan was of great help through 3-4 different builds. What a great man as well as a real visionary in this field. He will be sorely missed. I hope he has fair winds and following seas where he has passed on to.

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i'm going to put something up on the front page in a few minutes. if any of you has something to say for jan's memory post it here now and i'll include it.

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or if anyone has a kind of list of some of the really cool shit jan did over the years. i wish i could remember some of our drunken chats on mackinac

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Very sorry to hear - I met Jan in Bay City on my very first trip to the USA way back in 1979, and Jan was building his tri for the OSTAR at the time as I recall. He will be a great loss.

 

Ian Farrier

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It is a double loss to us. Today we lose a great innovator that found great fun in building crazy machines in unexpected ways to further some very important technologies. And then there is the loss of a great guy that seemed untiring in his quest to help us little guys... Fair winds.

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One of my heroes. Right up there with Colin Chapman and Burt Rutan.

JT

 

Yes you are close with those two. A good match as minds that could see beyond the boundaries. Especially when it comes to build it and then 'add lightness'.

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In keeping with Jan's wishes , there will not be a somber funeral ...Jan asked that his life is to be celebrated with a party.

 

December 27th Sagiaw Bay Yacht Club, Bay City, Michigan USA.

 

Time to follow - however If I were guessing I would say start at noon and end when the last drop runs from the tap

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Watch live video from onthewateranarchy on Justin.tv

Jan was doing things 30 years ago with multihulls that are just now showing to be timeless solutions, and his brilliance was easy to take thanks to a humble, affable, and unassuming nature. Jan was a friend to Sailing Anarchy, and we’ll never forget what he told us the first time he ran into Clean while partying after one of Jan’s 80,000 Mackinac races: “You guys don’t go far enough!”, he said. To watch Jan describe his final design “Strings” on the SA Innerview – a trailable, self-rescuing cruising catamaran that took 12 years to create – you can click on this link.

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Jan came to Muskegon for several cat regattas and stayed in his mobile home at the beach like a regular guy. Which he was. But so much more. I had long beery discussions with Jan several times as the sun dived into the big lake, and enjoyed his tales of development of the epoxy system from pints given away to needy buddies in milk bottles- all the way to commercial sales. He never bragged about his world iceboat wins, and I had to learn about them from someone else. I think Jan had the most fun yarning me tales like the "unrepairable, fatally damaged" large stained glass window which was falling apart with rot in a poor Ludington church: Jan and his helper fixed it for them with $100 worth of epoxy and his "tricks" in 1971, and it is still in excellent condition today. Jan "The Ingenious" always loved just messing about with boats. I'll really miss him.

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He and Meade were always heroes of mine. I was glad to finally meet them both in person a couple of years ago and be able to tell them both that I really admired them and their work. They both laughed and were very humble and kind. I'm sorry I never got to see Jan aboard STRINGS, which I'd hoped be able to do this spring.

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Time to tip a glass for Jan. "Legend" does not even begin to fit what this very humble man accomplished.

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Max respect to Jan Gougeon - one of a few people who can be said to have really changed the boat building game.

 

Fair winds Mr Gougeon.

 

With thanks - a confirmed West System epoxy user.

 

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Met Jan through racing DN iceboats. Every class should have a guy like this- always ready to help out a new sailor and amazingly forthcoming with tips and advice for novice and veteran sailors alike.

 

A friend of mine hitched a ride with him from the hotel to the launch site one morning and when he got out of the van he said "I just learned more about sailing DN's in fifteen minutes in the car with Jan than I've learned from fifteen years of sailing the damn things!" That sums it up pretty well- I learned a dozen things every time I ever spoke with the man.

 

And if he wasn't doling out go-fast tips he was telling a great story about any number of adventures in sailing, travel, boatbuilding, you name it- always fascinating and delivered with a wit and enthusiasm that always lit up the room.

 

Spent a good hour shooting the breeze with him on the ice at the DN North American champs last winter in Green Bay. As always, I learned a lot and went away thinking to myself "Man, that guy is one of the coolest people I've ever met..."

 

Fair winds and black ice Jan. We can't thank you enough.

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A true legend! The sailing world and the world as a whole is at a great loss. Fair winds and following seas Jan.

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legend is an understatement

 

I have known Jan for many decades , from iceboating A real guy, great attitude and had a unique way of seeing things as most cannot......

 

He is one of my mentors especially when it came to the DN I, for sure will miss hearing and seeing him on the ice

 

we all will

 

jk

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This is a sad day for me and probably anyone who has come to appreciate how West Systems has made fixing boats possible.

With out Jan and Meade there would be far less active old Ice Boats in the Midwest.

Their products have saved many boats from the fire pile, including mine.

 

 

I was lucky to catch Jan right before the start of the Mac race when he was sitting on Strings and took time to explain everything. What a cool guy! Jan encouraged me to keep fixing and tweaking my stern steering iceboat, that I will do.

 

 

The next day I seen the boat again in the Manitou’s. As we on the Merlin were sailing past a parked Windquest and the Andrews 77 Ocean. We noticed a weird boat behind us moving closer, it was Strings!!

My jaw dropped, imagine the mood on strings coming up to a parked turbo fleet.

 

 

Fair Winds and may you find that perfect sheet of black ice that never thaws.

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My boat is stronger and drier. My life is easier and safer. Thanks, Jan, to you and your brother and all you built.

 

Fair winds and following seas.

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Jan was a great inspiration to me and my brother. He was just as excited to tell us about his latest project "Strings" when we stopped by the boat shop as he was when I was there as a kid watching him build Tornados and Golden Dazy. He was always so helpful, pleasant and fun to be around (especially after races). He will be missed by many.

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This is really a sad loss for our community. What an icon and true man in every sense of the word. We all need to take a lesson from how Jan conducted his life and those he came in contact with. Sail on Jan, and fair winds. Words cannont express...

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I had heard stories of the Goudeon's for the last 14 years, but not until I moved to Michigan in 2011 did I meet Jan. He immediately was thinking of ways to help me and get Triceratops out on the race course every Wed. Last year following our Chi-Mac win I was blessed to get a Picture with Jan, Mead, and Randy Smyth. All three are legends, Giants, and absolute gentlemen. I wish I could have spent more time learning from Jan. He will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences to Meade and the entire Goudeon family. Let the party continue!

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I believe the most important lesson Jan taught me was to have fun." Nothing ventured nothing gained" To play at silent speed is a noble calling that he shared with us. I remember a picture I had of him with his put put car,and long talks about my G-32. which is named Grateful. If we could only appreciate our blessing as he did. Share the love. Guerdon.

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Met Jan and Meade in the late '70's, when I bought a DN kit from them. Wouldn't let me leave the shop until they showed me everything they were doing. Modeled my own business relations after the way they conducted theirs. Never any secrets and always there to help out and give advice. Learned more about building stuff and sailing stuff from them than anyone else. This is a big loss to the sailing and glueing community.

John Lindahl

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iceboat.org has a great tribute to Jan

A link on there has a tribute by DN iceboat champion Ron Sherry.

Sounds like a great guy. What a loss for the sailing world.

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The Gougeon brothers were friends of mine and my wife's family starting with the unexpected birth of my son at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club multihull race in 1969. They built my late father-in-law's trimaran that he sailed in his retirement. I remember talking with Jan about some experiments he was doing with hydrofoils. He was an impressive person. Boating has lost a major innovator.

 

Lohring Miller

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Are the Folks at WEST going to continue to race "Strings?"

 

I hope that boat doesn't end up in storage and disappear from the great lake multi scene. It is a work of art.

 

Word is Meade will make some continued improvements that the two had talked about and will keep sailing her.

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Are the Folks at WEST going to continue to race "Strings?"

 

I hope that boat doesn't end up in storage and disappear from the great lake multi scene. It is a work of art.

 

Word is Meade will make some continued improvements that the two had talked about and will keep sailing her.

 

Meade mentioned he thought the rig was small for a 40' boat. Jan put a smaller rig on the G32, and in that case it worked very well, but strings has a 40' waterline to power...

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I'm curious about exactly how that mainsail furling system works on Strings. Obviously it rolls around the boom, but what powers the rotation and holds it in place? And how well does it feed into the mast slot, any special hardware there? Anybody ever try this on a beach cat? Especially for reefing? I'm trying to optimize my sailing time and make beachcat sailing more accessible by managing sail area / setup time better.

 

Thought about starting a separate thread, but seems cool to honor Jan with a thread in his name. Amazingly creative dude.

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I'm curious about exactly how that mainsail furling system works on Strings. Obviously it rolls around the boom, but what powers the rotation and holds it in place? And how well does it feed into the mast slot, any special hardware there? Anybody ever try this on a beach cat? Especially for reefing? I'm trying to optimize my sailing time and make beachcat sailing more accessible by managing sail area / setup time better.

 

Thought about starting a separate thread, but seems cool to honor Jan with a thread in his name. Amazingly creative dude.

Lots of Strings!

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I'm curious about exactly how that mainsail furling system works on Strings. Obviously it rolls around the boom, but what powers the rotation and holds it in place? And how well does it feed into the mast slot, any special hardware there? Anybody ever try this on a beach cat? Especially for reefing? I'm trying to optimize my sailing time and make beachcat sailing more accessible by managing sail area / setup time better.

 

Thought about starting a separate thread, but seems cool to honor Jan with a thread in his name. Amazingly creative dude.

 

Im not sure about strings set up, but most corsairs and farriers have furling mains that furl on the boom. The furling is controlled with a handle on the front of the mast that connects to the gooseneck through the mast. There is then a second hole in the mast for the pin to lock the boom in place.

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I modified a non-comp tip Hobie 18 mast and boom for roller furling/reefing for my trimaran.

It involved fabricating a spindled gooseneck and a new mast head to reroute the main halyard out of

the luff groove. My halyard runs inside the mast but I doubt you'll want that on a beech cat as the mast will

fill with water when capsized. You may be limited as to whether your traveler location will allow the preferred

boom-end sheeting. You'll also need a topping lift to hold the boom at the correct angle when furling. A hook

permits attaching and detaching the downhaul quickly.

JT

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The first time I saw their rollerfurler I thought it was simple and clever. Now that I have used it for several years I realize its' brilliance. It doesn't need all the expensive bits that jam. Dial a sail. Watch the demo several times, or better yet get a ride on a G32. Reefing is never a big deal any more. So much of these boats is all about thinking through what is the most direct way to go. The best way to get it, it's like a code zero gone around the boom. The end plate keeps the luff rope in line with the mast slot.

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check out the G32 video on the WEST website.

 

G-32 Catamaran Promo

 

That is a very cool boat!! I knew it used water ballast but wasn't aware of all the other innovations. The list of clever features goes on and on. The video downloaded slowly and kept pausing so I put it on mute and let it run in the background; when it was fully downloaded, I scrolled back to the beginning and watched it without any problem. Thanks.

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I know! After owning a 28' monohull with a fixed keel and a need for a crane and a group of folks to help me with getting it in and out of the water every year I really appreciate the design. No group of folks needed, no crane, no tow vehicle, Hell, I don't even need a slip when it only takes 15 minutes to raise the stick, trailer launch and go.. I can drop the mast to go under bridges, right the boat by myself in minutes by myself if I tip it over... she is easy to sail single handed...and yet she is an extremely technical boat to race. 2 gybing daggerboards, wave piercing bows, water ballast, a drifter headsail, flown off of a canting sprit that is adjusted to leward when used upwind, rotating mast, even pulling the windward rudder is good for some additional boatspeed... I can beach her... she maybe has an 8 inch draft with the boards up and ballast tanks empty. I can motor with over 8 knots of boatspeed with a 5 horse motor.... she is pretty good on gas.

 

when cruising she can be easy to sail, well behaved, and still is faster than most monohulls under spinnaker with only a main and jib... and did i mention the ride is really dry? Even when I tipped over only my feet got wet up to my ankles...

 

She is so different looking I can see why people are weirded out... I love Janet Cs, "spaceship one" design ques... actually Janet was made before spaceship one... and oddly enough, spaceship one used WEST EPOXY in it's composite construction!

 

The design was about 20 to 30 years ahead of it's time. We are just starting to see everyone downsize to smaller, easier to maintain sportboats. The G32 is easier to set up than all of those boats, faster, dryer, more versatile, and in my opinion way more technical and fun to sail. Not to mention with the AC72s flying around the interest in multihulls seems to be growing in the sailing community. I doubt we will see anything like the G32 in production again, and that is a shame.

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