by John Welsford - NZ $195

LOA 5.2 m - 17 ft 2 in
BEAM 1.6 m - 5 ft 4 in

Just for fun, but so much fun with her square topsail

Both Stuart and I have a strong interest in the traditional, and this sailabte miniature along the lines of an 18th century Royal Navy Stoop based upon a vee bottomed plywood hull is a real treasure for those with a liking tor character and gingerbread. Lots of sails and bits of string, carved trailboards and ratlines, bowsprit and topmast, not forgetting the square sail for downwind make Swiftsure pure fun.

But fun should remain as such, and not be spoiled by complexity so here we have a boat that can is easy to build, can be quickly rigged due to the ratlines being ganged together the bowsprit and topmasts housed, and much of the rigging left lying in the pulleys, can be sailed in knee deep water and yet can carry half a dozen people around the bay on regatta day.

Practicality and performance is a real criteria even in a "tabloid" vessel such as this .

Just imagine the silhouette as she comes into sight around the point at sunset, with flags flying, a miniature cannon and a crew outfitted in tricome hats and sailor's caps, this would be a great vehicle for a bunch of greying pirates out for fun on a sunny day.

Plans prices include packaging and an allowance for surface freight. If you would like a faster means of delivery we can send by courier or airmail at extra cost. All credit card sales are in New Zealand Dollars. If you pay by check, you may use the price in your prefered currency as below.

Note that we sell sails and are pleased to quote a freight inclusive price to anywhere in the world, we have tan or white, the sails come with sailbag, one reef and are completely ready to go. Prices fluctuate slightly so we prefer to quote each sail as the demand arises but you can bet that we are competitive even with the freight included.