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Table of details and specifications of BAH-014b
  Designer Ian Howlett (GBR)
  Builders Richard F. Pierce, Franklin-Eldridge Boatbuilders, Ferry Nab Bowness, Windermere (GBR)
  Material Red Cedar hull, with epoxy/ tri-axial glass cloth; deck & cockpit foam sandwich polyester resin/glass
  1st certificate issued 1993-00-00
  Original boat name John B VIII
  Original country BAH
  Original sail number 014b
  Current location Leimuiden, Braassemermeer (NED)


5.5 NED 17 - building information - 16.12.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Richard Pierce reports:
"...CAD machine printing was a new innovation at that time, and in lieu of a bulky envelope of sweet smelling dye-line construction drawings, the first package from the designer was a roll of drawing plastic showing the sections, neatly and accurately printed full size, followed by many feet of fax. Precise in some ways, but not a firm base for a contract I later realized…..."
The full story can be found in the Link section.
5.5 NED 17 - boat data - 17.11.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Boat data for NED 17, from the measuring certificate dd. 21st May 1998:
LoA 9,307m; Width 1,914m; L1 7,359m; L 7,816m; D 1,934m³; Weight 1,994t
5.5 NED 17 - history - 26.12.2011 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
As far as research has brought up, this boat built for Bobby with a new Howlett designed hull, using the former BAH 14 deck, later became NED 17 and is sailing as "Leeloo" today in The Netherlands.

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5.5 NED 17 "Leeloo" - home harbour

Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of BAH-014b
Sail# Boat name Owner name
BAH-014b "John B VIII" Robert Hallam "Bobby" Symonette (1993-?)  
NED-017 "Rakker" Bouw van Wijk (1994-1996)  
NED-017 "Zeewonde" Gerrit Vroege (1996-1998)  
NED-017 "Leeloo" Rob Smolders (1998-?)  

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