Re: John Wellsford's challenge
I knew Denis reasonably well, and sailed on the original Caique which i think was 24 ft, the 26ft Hedgehog version sailed in one of the solo transtasman races, a 28footer and a 32footer all on the same general principles although the Hedgehog was I think a straight stretch while the other two were new designs.
I have the plans for the original one somewhere, and there is much to learn from it.
But, bear in mind that Denis was an expert steelworker and a good carpenter, and was the best person I've ever seen at other peoples junk, castoffs, rubbish or bargains into stuff for his boat, and at that stage of his career he was still recovering from the costs of building his house so needed to do it cheap. Not everyone has the contacts or the skills to do it the way he did.
Even so, that project was a remarkable achievement, and it could still be done today if someone were determined enough.
BTW, I was speaking to his daughter Denise not so long ago, she is living in that same house with husband and kids, is wheelchair bound ( ms I think) and works as an advocate for disabled people. She's a bright and cheerful lady, a pleasure to talk to.
Originally Posted by Colin Lee
An expert is but a beginner with experience.