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Its a Walkabout and may be the only one built.

 

I went over to the B&B Messabout from Oriental today for a beautiful and mild day and many fine boats.  Maybe the nicest was the new 28 foot sportfisherman that Graham designed.  Really fine work. Great to see all the new and old boats and great to see friends, old and new.  Carla's birthday celebration too.  Heck, we deserve all the good fortune we can get these days.  All the fried chicken, BBQ, fixings and drink that you could eat.

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Thank you Graham, Alan, Carla and all at B & B Yacht Designs for hosting these annual MessAbout.  It was a really good dinner!  Looks like everyone’s having a good time.

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Amos used my smart phone to get this photo of Chessie under sail.  Did I have too much tension on the snot tear?  Or, maybe not enough on the down haul?  Combination of both?

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1 hour ago, Pete McCrary said:

Thank you Graham, Alan, Carla and all at B & B Yacht Designs for hosting these annual MessAbout.  It was a really good dinner!  Looks like everyone’s having a good time.

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Amos used my smart phone to get this photo of Chessie under sail.  Did I have too much tension on the snot tear?  Or, maybe not enough on the down haul?  Combination of both?

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Pete, based on my limited experience I'd say down-haul. Super bummed I missed this and especially the opportunity to sail Skeena next to Chessie! Love all these pics.

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This event is always one of the finest get boat together, and way too laid back for most yachty socialites, which makes it top shelf.:P But I wonder how much faster the fleet would go if you would delay the Friday night and mid day sat eating event until the last thing on sat.:lol: Oh from scanning the photos, it  does look like the chicken and tea stock was spared a big hit by not seeing the westerner wanderer not being there. [just kidding Sir Chick]

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On 10/26/2019 at 5:03 PM, Tom Lathrop said:

Its a Walkabout and may be the only one built..

 

I'm interested in any more info on this boat. Size, manner of construction,  sailing characteristics,  etc. Thanks!

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Sally and I had a wonderful time at this years Messabout. Thank you to everyone in the B&B family that made it possible.

We were delighted to have Nolan Swogger as helmsman on our boat for this years Messabout race. He took his responsibilities seriously and did a wonderful job.

 

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There is a little tension in the air as we maneuver before the start of the race.

 

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The rest of the crew, wife Sally and friend Paul Stewart.

 

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The committee boat.

 

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Amos Swogger his wife Lara and another son sailing their beautiful CS20mk3

 

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Working to windward.

 

 

 

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That look on your face when you are well ahead of the rest of the fleet.

 

 

 

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Reacher,

 

I designed the Walkabout back on the 80's. She is 22' long  and is multi chine stitch and glue plywood. She was sloop rigged and has a lifting keel. There was only one boat built.

 

Randy recently asked us to convert her to a cat ketch. We had one sail with the new rig. A few things were cobbled together to test how it worked out. We were well pleased with the change and have now made everything permanent and she is about ready to sail again.

 

Why did we change rigs? Mostly convenience, the sloop rig was difficult to rig with the mast so tall and heavy. We had her rigged as mechanically convenient as we could but it was still a bear. The mast that we had was too heavy and made the boat a little tender, so one thought was to just fit a lighter mast. Randy has spent a lot of time in cat ketches and said "rather than just change out the mast, lets change the rig". She sailed well as a sloop and was nicely balanced, she won her first race. The lifting keel weighs 300# and has a 6 part purchase in the trunk that leads to a Harken winch near the cockpit forward.

 

The two new masts are very quick and easy to raise and lower and stay permanently in their tabernacles, cutting down the rigging time substantially.

 

I am looking forward to testing her out with everything properly finished. It is not very often that you get to sail the same boat with different rigs.

 

 

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Thanks for the response. The shape is eye catching, the lines look just right. I hope to make the messabout next year to see it in person. 

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Thank you for the pictures and video Joe, the race sure was fun. 

 

By the way, if anyone wants to win a sailboat race, forget about sail trim, tactical buoy roundings, or starting line tactics.  All you have to do is get one of your family members on Joe's boat.

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