Originally Posted by First Mate
Hi Jim and Ann
I see from your profile that your boat is a one off. Who was the designer
Have seen a boat or two that were custom made and very desirable.
Insatiable II was designed by Jon Sayer, a Kiwi turned Aussie who is most famous for race
boat design. He has posted some fabulous performances in the Melbourne-Osaka doublehanded race
in boats of his design and construction, so it is somewhat surprising to find a cruising boat in his portfolio!
At any rate, she was designed for Gary and Sue McAulay. Gary is a master shipwright, and he and Sue built the boat for their own use. Briefly, she's built in Western Red Cedar strip plank composite, glassed inside and out, and with an interior of New Guinea Rosewood, Queensland
Maple and Tasmanian Ash. 46'4" LOA
, 44"8" LWL, 13'10" max beam and 7'2" draft
. Empty launch weight was about 9.5 tonnes, with 4 tonnes of lead in the keel
, and I suspect that our excesses have brought that up to a cruising weight of around 11.5 tonnes with half full tanks
. A biggish fractional rig drives her and provides the all important fun in sailing! Our passage
speeds have averaged around 180 MPD, and the odd 200 mile day comes along when we feel like working a bit harder and the conditions are right.
Gary and Sue cruised in her for 8 years, doing Japan
, Alaska/Canada, down to the Canal, Caribean, Canal again and back to Oz. Did a two year refit planning to cruise
again when the kitty was full, but family
issues put the boat up for sale
, and there we were! Six years and 30K miles later, we still love the boat, and are good friends with Gary and Sue (not so common for the buyers of a used boat!).
So, FWIW, a one off design can be a really good deal for the buyer who has a good idea of what they want. We'd been cruising full time for 17 years when we found her, and she fit our personal predjudices to a T. We'd found that most production boats, even the ones that claim to be serious cruising designs, have too many compromises hoping to broaden their market appeal. I'd personally advise extreme caution in appraising boats built by amateurs, though. If such should attract your attention, have a really serious survey
done, and by a surveyor
who is very familiar with whatever material the hull
is made of! The multiple skills of the shipwright are not so easily acheived!
So again, good luck in your search.