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Design 152

This new design for a cat-rigged yawl is coming along well. Peter (the owner/builder) and I were able to meet while I was in Australia recently. We met at the amazing Fish Market in Sydney – well worth a visit for any seafood lovers. And over a glass or two of fine Australian wine, we were able to firm up on many aspects of the design.

The critical aspect of the design from a build point of view is ease and speed of construction, while not compromising on the style of boat that we want. Everything possible (and some that I thought weren't) is CNC laser or router cut, to reduce the build to an assembly job wherever practical.

Now I reckon that I am a practical designer. But even so, I mostly design in isolation, and new ideas about how to do things don't always come to mind. So it is very refreshing and invigorating to meet someone who says "can we do it this way ....", or words to that effect!

I will be posting photos of the first parts to emerge and other details of the design on the website very soon. And we will be following the build closely all the way. I hope that I shall be in Australia again when she is due to hit the water!

It is a bit of a scary process, sending a set of numbers electronically across the world to a company 16,000 km (10,000 miles) away for them to cut boat parts for a completely new design like this. Because even I, the designer, am not so familiar with all the bits of the boat yet – in fact I haven't drawn them all yet! Different from producing the same electronic files for a design that has been built lots of times already.

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