Originally Posted by Shadowfax III
I potentially have a RCOD, PLYMTH or a Black Soo.
The previous owner told me it was a Van de Stadt and there is a vague reference to the PYMTH in a scrap of paper that was with the boats documents.
Internally she has a couple of South African coins glued to the mast
and two small metal shields.
The previous owner said she was South African built and sailed across, eventually ending up in Darwin where I bought her.
She is single
chined ply, timber mast
and strongly rigged and when the wind
rises above 10 knots she sails
If someone could look at the pics on my profile page and guess her pedigree I would be very happy.
If she is a RCOD I would love to have some history
on the design sailing, tuning tips etc. and any other information anyone has.
Good evening Terry,
I have just stumbled accross this post of yours by accident
. How the internet
have shrunk our world.
Your boat! I knew it well.
Firstly, it is a Dogger by vd Stadt. Quite a few were built in Cape Town
during the mid-sixties.
Shadowfax belonged to two friends of mine, Mickey and Ingrid Alchin. They kept the boat in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
. At the end of 1982 they set off West about on a planned circumnavigation
and voyaged through Panam as far as Australia
where they decided to get Aus citizenship and to make Aus their new home. They flew out to Port Elizabeth once or twice since then and I saw them again.
They thought I was the greatest thing since sliced bread 'cause I taught them astro nav before they left. No cheap GPS
in those days and I think a Satnav would have cost more than what they paid for the boat. The Alchins were two tiny folk and their nicknames were the Hobbits and we always said they were the only folk small enough to cruise round the world
in a Dogger.
I helped them step that wooden mast. Wonder if it still the same one. Heafty almost square section which Mickey said made the boat roll like hell.
The Dogger is very different from the Royal Cape One Design. The One Design is 9.14 mts long, extremely narrow and has a very deep fin keel
with a bit of a bulb at the bottom. And a fractional rig. It weighs next to nothing and will leave the Dogger behind in all conditions. Downwind the One Design simply flies and must the fasted bang for bucks around to this day.