Building An Aluminum Boat In South Africa

An old Perkins 6.354 diesel engine out of a farm truck that they are salvaging for S/V Eva

To continue our series on different ways to get out voyaging, here is a link to an interesting site about the build of a near sister ship to Hamish & Kate Laird’s Seal, one of the most interesting aluminum boats we have ever seen.

The builders are a young couple with very young children who plan to build a boat and go voyaging rather than focusing on the more conventional purchase at their point in life: a house. Judging from the engine and winches they have selected, they are being careful with money too.

Framing the aluminum hull of S/V Eva

Good on ‘em, we say.

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John Harries

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Alex Fricke September 22, 2020, 5:36 pm

    Hi John
    It’s interesting looking at aluminium boat builds. I’m not sure if this is the right article to ask this question but I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on a small cruising boat design called a Kiribati 36 by B&G yacht designs? Are you familiar with it? I’ve only been able to find two examples of a build and would be interested to learn more or hear some opinions.

    • John Harries September 23, 2020, 7:53 am

      Hi Alex,

      Took a quick glance at it. Looks like a nice boat and hull form, however I would prefer a less vulnerable single rudder like the Boreals.

    • John Cobb September 23, 2020, 11:43 am

      Have you been in contact with B&G Yacht Designs by any chance? Looks interesting to me too.

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