Posted 22 July 2016 - 12:38 PM
Posted 22 July 2016 - 01:29 PM
Scottie said "sh*t - the more you look at her - the more you realise just how much work's been done"
Yes and John is a perfectionist as well as having the skills of a master craftsman, actually,, I suppose you can't be a master craftsman without being a perfectionist........
Posted 22 July 2016 - 01:36 PM
Having looked over Manic a few months back I'd have to agree with you!
Posted 23 July 2016 - 04:29 PM
Double Illusion- rename -TL Systems - Strongly rumored to become - Tardis on the ramp at Wapiapa Landing. She is on her Journey to Blair Boats Shed for a makeover.
Built 20 years ago, she is a well built wood boat, innovative and fast.
John Sawyer lives on the Coromandel Peninsular (in New Zealand) and has
indeed designed and built two similar catamarans around 40ft. The first
was called Double Exposure when launched and had some modifications done
to it over the years. John designed and built a lot of it while he was
employed as the Master (captain) on Bulk Carriers. He carried the timber
on board and built all the frames during the voyages. The boat is what
is commonly called stringer frame construction with (I think ) 6mm ply
over Kauri frames with Kauri stringers. Very well built.
Open deck design but with Cantilevered accommodation inboard of each
hull behind the main beam. The main beam is big enough to sleep and
The hull design is rounded vee relatively deep by modern standards but
exceptionally smooth riding.
I spent a number of years crewing on the boat when it was owned by Rex
Gillfilan, who had the transom extended, a hard deck fitted and some
other minor modifications. So the boat is now around 47ft long (John had
extended a couple of feet already). The boat easily cruises at 12 to 15,
goes 10 to 12kn upwind in any sort of breeze, tacks through less than
90deg and has done 24kn for an hour or so on a two sail reach with me at
I understand Double Exposure, also known as TL Systems was for sale
again. Have a look on www.trademe.co.nz
John's second boat is similar in that the hull designs are almost the
same ( a bit more buoyancy in the stern than Double Exposure). The boat
is called Fair Curves and is a bridge deck with a wing mast. Sails
exceptionally well too by all accounts. Fair Curves was for sale, I
don't know if she still is.
Does that help?
if posts offend .. or even too hard
Posted 23 July 2016 - 04:51 PM
Yep when I had TL Systems I took a friend sailing and he liked it so much that he bought Fair Curve from John Sawyer, Fair Curve is now I believe based in the Bay of Islands and has had a lot of work done including fitting 2 new diesels to replace the Yamaha 9.9s . TL was indeed super smooth at speed in rough weather, I remember sailing single handed from Tiri to Kawau and back in 25 kts NE breeze ,even with a metre or metre and a half of chop, I just kept going backwards and forwards at 18 to 20 kts without even spray coming on deck, "such fun", as Mirandas Mum would say.
In similiar wind in a Farrier 43 cat which are great boats there was some fairly heavy bangs from the flat section on the bottom of the front third of the hulls, TL was more of a smooth knife than a sledgehammer through the water. Seemed a bit too light for trips to Fiji though as was designed for coastal sailing.Still my favorite ex boat , a great family cruiser easy to sail fast and plenty of room.
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