|Designer||Iain Murray (AUS)|
|Builders||Andrew Hudson, Hudson Boat Building, Sydney (AUS)|
|Material||Glass fiber and polyester|
|1st certificate issued||1991|
|Original boat name||John B VIII|
|Original sail number||014|
|Current location||La Tour-de-Pailz, Lake of Geneva (SUI)|
- Double personality or double life ? - 14.09.2011 by Site Administrator
- NED-015 and -017 where modified in 1990 (following Robert Smolders' source, but following Kaspar Stubenrauch' ones, it would more realistically 1992-1993 ???).
The decks, mast and keels where send to Franklin Eldrige in UK, somewhere around Manchester..
The two original hulls (from Iain Murray & Hudson, AUS.) have been sold to Peter Taylor in Zürich (SUI). Peter transformed them by himself to a new boat using one of the two hulls and fitted her with a cabin, a carbon fiber aerorig (Peter was working at Sauber Formula 1 Team in Hinwil near Zürich), plus during winter 2003-2004 a deeper keel with bulb draft extended to 1.80 m (see pictures attached).
The keel of the picture is not the original one, neither the latest, may be from Josi Steinmayer ?
Anyway, this is obviously no more an official 5.5 within the rating rules. So she will not have a dedicated number in this database. She's sailing in Switzerland with the name "Ballerina" and the sail number "GBR X1" (source: ranking of the Bol d'Or 2006 where Peter finished at the 168th place after more than 26 hours of race... (http://www.boldormirabaud.com/fr-ch/file.cfm/2006.pdf?contentID=325).
During that time, NED 15 and 17 received a new designed hull (by Ian Howlett, we guess ?), wider in the back and a new bulbkeel for NED-017.
The old deck was used.
Long rudder placed
NED-017 had a new, stiffer mast !
NED-015 kept same mast.
With new sails and well handeled they can be fast starting at Bfrt 3 - 4 and up! Then the formula starts to work. A great stable ship with Bfrt 6. Moreover under spinaker.
Sources compiled from: Robert Smolders (14.09.2011), Frits Kruijt (15.09.2011), Peter Taylor (19.09.2011) and Kaspar Stubenrauch (20.06.2011).
- Three sisterships in the Netherlands - 29.06.2008 by Site Administrator
- NED-011 "Woelgeest", NED-015 "Mis stress" and NED-017 "Leeloo"
Source : notes received from Frits Kruyt, Nov.2007.
- First notes and elements (to be refined...) - 07.02.2008 by Sebastien Schmidt
- This boat is one of the six (?) sister-ships built in a row in Australia off the same mould, I guess between about 1991 to 1992 (?) : AUS-052 "Arunga X" to Franck Tolhurst, AUS-054 "Sic Em Rex" to Colin Ryan, BAH-014 "John B VIII" to Robert Symonette, FIN-037 "Carmen" to Vladimir Marschan, GBR-038 "Salamander IV" to Jonathan Janson and GER-024 "Lovana II" to Hans-Juergen Queisser.
I remember Colin Ryan presenting the project in 1991 at Le Crouesty (FRA) european's. None of the boats were present there yet, but at the worlds 1992 in Nassau, Bahamas, all were participating except FIN-037 "Carmen".
In August 1992, we have been consulted to analyse the design and to propose eventual rooms for performances improvement. Pointed-out troubles were essentially located in the bulbed keel - too much pitching and lower aspect ratio of the fin - and in the excess of flare (very wide beam at deck) which induced shorter and deformed waterlines at heel. Sorry Iain, Bobby asked us to provide a frank and free eye, and this was only our opinion at this time. Other ones to be expressed ?
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|Sail#||Boat name||Owner name|
|BAH-014||"John B VIII"||Robert Hallam "Bobby" Symonette (1991-?)|
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