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Old 01-06-2006, 19:15   #1
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Jim Brown of Searunner Trimarans

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Just wondering if Jim Brown is still living, and if so, does anyone have a current address and/or phone number? Or is someone handling his designs?
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Old 01-06-2006, 22:07   #2
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Jim is still alive. The Searunner Designs are being handled by John Marples now. The last contact info I have is

John Marples
PO Box 1437
St Augustine FL 32085
904 824 2688
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Old 22-06-2008, 23:33   #3
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John Marples moved to Sonoma, California. His current address is
John R. Marples
17240 Hillcrest Avenue
Sonoma, CA. 95476
Phone/Fax (707) 343-1378
More information is available from his website SEARUNNER 50 Hardtop Charter Catamaran


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Old 23-06-2008, 01:34   #4
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Old 23-06-2008, 04:53   #5
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I saw that site, but it's pretty much dead. Or least in a coma and ready to be pronounced dead.

Come to think of it, I think I have read pretty much everything on the web related to Searunner trimarans, including the over 5000 webpages. Once I finish up reading though all of Roy M’s posts, find a copy of the Case for the Cruising Trimaran and Searunner Construction Manual (both of which you used to own Gord, if I recall correctly) I think I’ll finally be done. Some would call is obsessive compulsive, shrinks might call it anal-retentive (note to self: double check that is hyphenated), my wife calls it binge researching. I just call it fun.
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.. the Case for the Cruising Trimaran and Searunner Construction Manual (both of which you used to own Gord, if I recall correctly...
Sorry, I can't help /w the books.
I don't think I've ever seen the Construction Manual, and would have borrowed the Case for the Cruising Trimaran from the public library.
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Old 23-06-2008, 07:41   #7
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Right now there are 4 used copies of Case for the Cruising Trimaran on Amazon.com ranging from ... are you sitting down? ... $33. to $45.

I guess these books are becoming collectables.
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I have two copies of the Searunner Construction Manual. One predates the other because one has the 34 in it; the other doesn't.

I bought a copy new of the Case for the Cruising Trimaran back when it was still in publication. Still have it. Some years ago I found another copy used at a yard sale and paid $4 for it. I made the mistake of loaning to a trustworthy friend who loaned it to his brother. I never got it back, so my copies stay with me now. If you need a specific page or two, and I can get copyright clearance, I will make a copy to mail or pdf to you.

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Jim Brown lives off of Mobjack Bay in the Chesapeake

He lives up one of the creeks. One of his sons works or runs a nearby boatyard. Jim is suffering from macular degeneration but is working hard to document the homebuilt multihull movement for the Mariner's Museum. Jim suffered a bit from multihull groupies for a time, but of course production cats have dealt the trimaran movement a blow these days and he probably doesn't have that problem anymore. As someone mentioned earlier, John Marples handles the design business. Jim is a great contributor to the multihull movement and as old as they are, his searunners are still great boats.
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Old 08-09-2008, 21:16   #10
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I met Jim in the anchorage at Isla San Francisco (Mexico BCS) back in the late '90's.
We were thinking about a cat or tri at the time, so we talked about multihulls for several hours aboard his boat. Great guy. His son came into the same anchorage aboard his proa that afternoon.

From the small world department: We now own a trimaran and just last weekend we anchored in Mats Mats Bay, just about ten miles from our house in Whidbey Island WA.
Who should come into the anchorage but Jim's son on his proa! He said he was on the way to Port Townsend for the annual Wooden Boat Festival.

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Glad to hear JZERO is still sailing. From reading one of Russ's stories about it, it sounded like a fast but capsizable boat!
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if you want to read a very interesting account of building a jim brown boat under the most amazing conditions then check this out i assure you itll glue to the screen for at least half an hour
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...i assure you itll glue to the screen for at least half an hour.
It did that. Was well worth a read - thanks.

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How That Came About was first published in Multihulls Magazine. It is one of the best boatbuilding stories I have read. I remember reading a few stories about Mark doing some cruising in the Pacific on That. The most recent mention I have come across is in "The Log of Ithaka by the Bernons about their cruise around Central America several years ago. They mention meeting Mark Hassall and his Guatemalan wife on a land based trip in the highlands of Guatemala. He was doing handcrafting/fine woodworking and his wife was making jewelry. I assumed That had passed on to new owners as there was no mention of it. It included a picture of Mark and his wife. This was a few years ago so I don't know if my recollection is 100% accurate.
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