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Cedric Rhyn
04-27-2008, 05:19 AM
I see that Charlie Whipple down there in New Zealand buildng his John Welsford Sundowner has launched her, she's in the water and should be rigged and sailing soon.
There is a report and photos in Johns website at www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz (http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz) , you click on the boat in the sunset ( for progress on Sundowner) on the homepage/

I had a good look, and for a small fat boat designed for very long range voyaging, this looks as near perfect as I can imagine. I asked JW a while back about that high transom, he tells me that to improve the high angle stability ( knockdown or rollover ) he made her quite high sided, and raised the sheer at the ends as much as he dared. That plus the liferaft lives in under the quarter deck. As soon as I heard that it all clicked, what a neat little boat. I'm really looking forward to reading the stories on the website that is being set up to conver the voyage.

Please someone who knows how to do it put some of the photos in here.

Wishing on a star is as close as I'll get, but Im doing a lot of that right now.

Cedric Rhyn.

JimD
04-27-2008, 09:12 AM
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Please someone who knows how to do it put some of the photos in here...

Its as simple as copy/paste, Cedric.:)

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25c.jpg

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25f.jpg

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25i.jpg

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25g.jpg

john welsford
05-01-2008, 03:20 AM
We stood the mast up yesterday, that big tabernacle was a boon, two of us were able to stand Resolutions 8.5m long spar up while she was afloat in her berth. Got the rigging mostly sorted, and over the next few days Charlie will be fitting rigging screws, link plates, halyard turning blocks and cleats, mainsheet horse and cleat and all the odd bits and pieces that make a gaff cutter rig work. I note that this little boat has used about 1 1/2 rolls, each 110m long, of halyard rope so far.


The cabin on that little critter feels lovely, enough space and very homey.
Sailing next sunday with luck.

John Welsford

seanz
05-01-2008, 05:17 AM
http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/06-01-25.jpg

A pic from Jan' 2006
From little things big things grow.......
:)

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/updates.htm

GregW
05-01-2008, 05:53 PM
A lovely little big boat, congrats to the designer and builder.

john welsford
05-20-2008, 05:16 AM
A lovely little big boat, congrats to the designer and builder.

Thanks for the compliment, we took her sailing in very light winds last saturday and so far she feels very good, there will be a report and photos up in a day or so the Sundowner Diaries section of my website at www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz , click on the
progress on sundowner " button.
All going well we're off out on sunday for a lap around an island about 30 miles out from the harbour mouth and if the weather co-operates the wind will be a bit stronger, one step at a time. Should be fun,

John Welsford

John B
05-20-2008, 05:30 AM
Where is she John?

Tauranga?

Cedric Rhyn
05-21-2008, 01:08 AM
Where is she John?

Tauranga?

F 21 Tauranga Bridge Marina John. FLying a New Zealand flag from her stubby masthead, you cant miss her.

JohnW

Steve Paskey
05-21-2008, 10:08 AM
Its as simple as copy/paste, Cedric.:)

Aye, but you left out this one. Beautiful!

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25l.jpg

john welsford
05-27-2008, 05:12 AM
Just looking at this pic, she is a bit high in the water but now, with most of her stores and equipment on board she's about exactly on her lines, the keel came in overweight by a couple of hundred pounds and I was loth to tell Charlie to plane all the excess off, but I think the boat itself came in a fraction under so that made up for it, the wood was a little lighter than the material I originally considered so she is about right, weighed 2640 kg on the crane, with some gear on board to save carrying it in the car, she will be up to 3400 3500 kg on leaving for a long trip.

We went sailing for a 24 hour run last weekend, did about 60 miles in horrible conditions. Uncomfortable but a very good test. Dry decks even! So far so good, but a few things to do not the least of which is to give the side stays a bit more aft drift as the galvanised wire is stretching more than the suppliers book said it would. ( We dont want to be too reliant on the running backstays)
I'll write up a report sometime in the next few days but no photos sorry, flat batteries in the camera but I'll be taking my camera and spares with me this weekend when we are over there again.

JohnW


Aye, but you left out this one. Beautiful!

http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sundowner/images/08-04-25l.jpg