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Old 08-08-2011, 10:11   #1
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Tracking Down a Mull 58

I understand that a Mull 58, built in aluminum by Palmer Johnson in 1970 for Lynn Williams, raced in the 1971 SORC, and then named "Dora" now lives somewhere in the Caribbean as a cruiser.

Has anyone seen her, and can they put me in touch with the owners? I knew her professional back then, was greatly impressed with her as a sea boat (though her owner decided that she'd been out-designed by the new S&S 62s) and sold her.

I have been told that she lived in Cape Cod as "Safari", but not sure of the accuracy of that tale.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Tracking down a Mull 58

Any luck on tracking down the Mull 58 called Dora, or any other ? I have heard of another called "Famous Namis". Would love to see a photo of either or spec sheet, what year did Gary Mull design them ?

The Orion 50 was originally designed by Gary Mull as a 58, shortened by Ta Shing the builder, to 50ft.

I have a Orion 50 modified back to its original plans so 58ft, just sailed across Pacific now in French Polynesia. It is truly a great sea boat with good turn of speed.

Smooth seas fair winds
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Any luck on tracking down the Mull 58 called Dora, or any other ? I have heard of another called "Famous Namis". Would love to see a photo of either or spec sheet, what year did Gary Mull design them ?
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Have yet to find a trail of 'Dora'. She was new for the 1971 SORC, built in aluminum by Palmer Johnson of Wisconsin for the late Lynn Williams of Chicago.

I ran into another Mull design, 'La Forza Del Destino' in Florida in 1972 for the SORC as well. Gorgeous boat!
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Dora was NOT a Mull design! She was a Sparkman and Stevens design for Lynn Williams who named her Dora VI. He sold her to Ted Turner who renamed her Tenacious and has since been sold and renamed War Baby. The Mull 58 you are thinking about is Namis AKA THE ORANGE CRATE. I lost track of her when I quit sailing the Mack on Northern Light after 1980. I used to sail against Namis, Tenatious, Ranger, Sassy, Bay Be, and the like back in the 70s.
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Dora was NOT a Mull design! She was a Sparkman and Stevens design for Lynn Williams who named her Dora VI. He sold her to Ted Turner who renamed her Tenacious and has since been sold and renamed War Baby. The Mull 58 you are thinking about is Namis AKA THE ORANGE CRATE. I lost track of her when I quit sailing the Mack on Northern Light after 1980. I used to sail against Namis, Tenatious, Ranger, Sassy, Bay Be, and the like back in the 70s.
Wellll ... sorta right and sorta wrong. The Dora that sailed the '71 SORC was, in fact, the Mull design. Williams decided that he'd been out-designed by the S&S 62s, and commissioned one for himself. She was also named Dora (as was Williams' T-10).

There was Derecktor-built Namis, an S&S 45, built 1965, and sailed out of Chicago. Then this link (vintage 1977) <http://www.chicagonow.com/sail-lake-michigan/2015/01/2167/> refers to a Mull-designed 54 named Namis, while this link <http://stephenlirakis.blogspot.com/2010/05/1974-americas-cup-beginning.html> cites a Mull-designed Namis. This link cites a Mull-designed 54 named Namis: <http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1973/07/05/page/68/article/dora-iv-nips-namis-in-regatta>.

So there were more than a few Mull designs in aluminum out there. The one I referred to, whose BN became a good friend, on board which I ate the owner's steaks & drank his beer in the 1971 SORC, was in fact a Mull 58 and named Dora. She was also featured in the 1971 Lands' End catalog, and was the cover girl there as well.

And I am still looking for her.
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Re: Tracking Down a Mull 58

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, pitbull.
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If you are looking for a nice Mull Design, I have one for sale. There is a tread here Custom Gary Mull 47 Aluminum
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Thanks but I just wanted to track down Namis. I am not sure where she is or if she is still even in one piece. I am not sure if her old owner, Phil Watson, is still even alive. Thanks again though.
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