A couple of days ago, this flyer came in the post:
Suffice it to say, that she will be 26 ft long, shoal draught and, of course, junk rigged.
My friend David Tyler and I have combined forces on the design: he's done the clever bits on the computer and I have told him what I want and how I want it. It's taken some thrashing out at times, but I'm very happy with what we've come up with.
David sailed down from Canada, in August, to help me get the project started. After a lot more debating, we sorted out the details and then built a model to help finalise dimensions. We are building the boat for me, so instead of postulating a crew of three or four 6ft people, we are working around one, 5ft 1in woman. This has meant that some things, such as the cockpit, are non-standard.
I have made my photos on the JRA site available to non members, so if you want to see more, have a look here.
Building a boat is a very full-time job, especially with all the other chores that have to be carried out on a daily basis, so I won't get much time to post on this blog.
And of course, it means that poor little Fantail will need a new home. Anyone with NZ$23,000 in their pocket who would like my lovely little floating home, please contact me!