All owners report comfortable, quiet dry boats, easy single handed sailing, the self tacking rigs, with their natural balance and easy tendency to self steering contribute to this. The fully battened sails mean no flogging, even when lying a hull with the sheets freed off.
The shallow draft and very strongly constructed hull bottoms mean that you can take moorings where most others cannot. The self righting capabilities are up there with most blue water racing yachts.
Much has and is still being been learned from the hundreds of ‘our’ owner builders and their cruising and club racing exploits around the world, especially here in Australia.
For the past 5 years we have been reworking the plans to take into account the many innovations that have come largely from 'our' owner builders, and at the same time, digitising all the plywood components so that we can offer kits to streamline the building process.
The first kit boats are now on the water in Australia. Builders report up to 50% time saving in the hull construction.
The Mk2 Kits are being laser cut in Australia, the UK and in New Zealand.
The Norwalk Islands Sharpies stand on a grand tradition.
Our owners and builders are extending the lore!
We welcome you aboard.
Robert Ayliffe - October 2010