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Here is the famous/infamous (because of its crushing defeats of opposition) 9.1 metre Extreme, launched in mid 1980's, decades ahead of its time and setting a standard that is still being coped by other NZ designers, here getting a new paint job in Tauranga where the Peet family owners live; Tauranga is down the coast a bit from Auckland; we have an old, established race to there every couple of years or so.

There are differing size range Rockets - will post more stuff later.

Oh, yes, a book on Jim's history, coming to you soon.

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Nice! Can remember the first one in the UK, watching them smoking along on the reach was great.

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That would have been Camp Freddie, a Rocket 31 which cleaned up a couple of Cowes weeks. Extreme is, well, more extreme.

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I sailed Rocket 7.8 (Shoot the dog), Rocket 31 (Wild Rocket Ajax) and Rocket 40 (Buckle up) in my day and loved everyone of them.

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That would have been Camp Freddie, a Rocket 31 which cleaned up a couple of Cowes weeks. Extreme is, well, more extreme.

Thats the one

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That's a good looker indeed and a HUGE f'n hoist on the beach! What are you guys hauling out downthere...ships?

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Is that Positive Touch?

 

Here is the famous/infamous (because of its crushing defeats of opposition) 9.1 metre Extreme, launched in mid 1980's, decades ahead of its time and setting a standard that is still being coped by other NZ designers, here getting a new paint job in Tauranga where the Peet family owners live; Tauranga is down the coast a bit from Auckland; we have an old, established race to there every couple of years or so.
There are differing size range Rockets - will post more stuff later.
Oh, yes, a book on Jim's history, coming to you soon.

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This is Rocket 31 Positive Touch, designed in 1981 and generally accepted, well, in NZ, and we should know, ha, as the world's first sport yacht. Extreme came a couple of years later. PT was hated almost as much as a multihull when it first appeared - still is a champion racer. This shot is when Aaron Young had the boat; he regrets selling it to this day. One new owner fucked it up with heavy motor and such shit, but today the stripped and restored Rocket is owned by the French in Noumea. A lot of good Auckland/Tauranga boats go up there.

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Awesome little boats, slippery as duckshit and easy to drive hard.

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Here is Rocket Extreme. Remember this is an early 1980's design: 9.14 x 4.62 metres L/B, that's 30 x 14 feet for you blokes in the US. Displacement is under 2000kgs, sail area 55m2 (592 sq.ft.)

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Here is the famous/infamous (because of its crushing defeats of opposition) 9.1 metre Extreme, launched in mid 1980's, decades ahead of its time and setting a standard that is still being coped by other NZ designers, here getting a new paint job in Tauranga where the Peet family owners live; Tauranga is down the coast a bit from Auckland; we have an old, established race to there every couple of years or so.

There are differing size range Rockets - will post more stuff later.

Oh, yes, a book on Jim's history, coming to you soon.

You know it's a bit on the edge when your prod needs spreaders! I thought that was 18fters only.

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Here is the trailer Rocket 780 with a beam limit of 8 feet, designed in 1983, but still winning/dominating 3 decades later in the Australian Greyhound class.

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When I was a pup, I used to think that extreme was the coolest boat in the marina. I would go there just to look her over, however I don't remember her being that old, I would have pegged her at the early 90s. Still cool.

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Microwave Young Rocket 780 was one of the first built in Australia with cedar/west epoxy by the Atl rep Graham Bird, What a blast!!

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