Uruguay is not a place that most of us associate with yachting,
but as with everywhere that has a coastline the call of the
sea is strong, and the seafaring traditions of Portugal and
Spain still for part of the national psyche. Luis Nin Estévez
wanted a serious cruiser, one that he could take offshore
into the south Atlantic . It needed to be tough as although
the Uruguayan coast runs from about 32 South to 35 South and
the country has a pretty mild climate, a lot of that coast
is very exposed with few harbours and long stretches with
no shelter at all. Not so far offshore are the Falkland Islands,
South Georgia beckons beyond and down wind from there is Africa’s
North will take him to the Caribbean, Mexico and the USA
so there is a lot to think about.
Luis wanted a small cruiser, one that would not stretch the
budget too much but which was capable of fulfilling the dreams,
so chose my Swaggie design, junk rigged, sailed from inside,
comfortable beyond the boats 18 ft of length and as tough
as it is possible to be at this size. Here are a couple of
photographs of Luis Swaggie, shes all planked up, has quite
a lot of the interior already in place and is temporarily
upside down having the keel fitted and the protective fibreglass
skin and paint applied to the hull.
She’s looking good, I’m looking forward to the
next set of photos.
Heres Luis website , do go and have a look.