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Great feedback thanks guys! I was unaware of the Cat One issue so I will have to look into that.

Thanks for the background on The Wildthing Island Time.... any idea where the builder, Scott Norton , is now days??

Used to race against a 38 "Lionheart" in the sounds years ago and she went pretty well back then. Did a few Sth Island offshore races on Cutty Hunk a Farr 44 (looked like a bigger version of the 38) back in the 90's and she was a great boat offshore.

Really after a coastal cruising boat thats got some speed and is fun to sail and can be sailed 2 up. Guess if you keep that big main flat and reef early she should be OK handling wise.

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Lionheart was a timber Farr 38, built in Picton or Nelson . She was returning from the 82 Suva race, skippered by Grant Stapleton with a young crew of university students including Bo Birdsall's son.

Jenny G was reburbished to become General Jackson,  every time we stay in Westhaven someone will come and tell us about their adventures on the boat, mostly though about the after race activities, rum

7 hours ago, Deep Purple said:

 I understood they were meant to have wheel steering but ended up mostly with tillers. 

I think this might have been the excuse from the Farr office after all the complaints about the helm weight but it was not true. Gary Hyde and Trevor Fell who jointly commissioned the design wanted tiller steered boats for racing and when the first drawings were released - I remember seeing the drawings in Sea Spray and thought what a great looking boat - they showed tiller steering. Of the first 30 odd boats launched in NZ only a couple had wheel steering, although in latter years a few have been retrofitted. 

My Farr 46 has a similar "barn door" rudder however is remarkably balanced, as long as the centreboard is down.

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4 hours ago, Hapuka said:

Great feedback thanks guys! I was unaware of the Cat One issue so I will have to look into that.

Thanks for the background on The Wildthing Island Time.... any idea where the builder, Scott Norton , is now days??

Used to race against a 38 "Lionheart" in the sounds years ago and she went pretty well back then. Did a few Sth Island offshore races on Cutty Hunk a Farr 44 (looked like a bigger version of the 38) back in the 90's and she was a great boat offshore.

Really after a coastal cruising boat thats got some speed and is fun to sail and can be sailed 2 up. Guess if you keep that big main flat and reef early she should be OK handling wise.

Scott Norton used to be a member at Mana Cruising Club. Ask there....

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10 hours ago, Hapuka said:

Great feedback thanks guys! I was unaware of the Cat One issue so I will have to look into that.

Thanks for the background on The Wildthing Island Time.... any idea where the builder, Scott Norton , is now days??

Used to race against a 38 "Lionheart" in the sounds years ago and she went pretty well back then. Did a few Sth Island offshore races on Cutty Hunk a Farr 44 (looked like a bigger version of the 38) back in the 90's and she was a great boat offshore.

Really after a coastal cruising boat thats got some speed and is fun to sail and can be sailed 2 up. Guess if you keep that big main flat and reef early she should be OK handling wise.

 

A yacht called Lionheart  foundered off Whangaroa in 83 , I think it was a Farr 38 returning from offshore, it was a  terrible tragedy. I recall the slightly uncommon name of the skipper was the same as a bloke I went to school with, I always wondered if it was the same person, he survived as I recall, nice bloke.

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Lionheart was a timber Farr 38, built in Picton or Nelson . She was returning from the 82 Suva race, skippered by Grant Stapleton with a young crew of university students including Bo Birdsall's son. They had a miserable trip back, as did other boats returning from the race, and I believe one of the crew had been injured. I have been told the owner was insisting that Lionheart enter at Whangaroa and a fishing boat was sent out to try to guide them in using its own radar - not a good idea. They hit Stephenson Island, Grant and Rosemary (forget her surname, from a well known Auckland sailing family) were on deck and managed to get off, the other crew went down with Lionheart. Rosemary was in very bad shape and died on the island. A tragic and unnecessary event, as Chariot noted BOI would have been a much safer destination. 

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