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Old 02-05-2013, 03:42   #1
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Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

Hi everyone. We are a new commercial member. We are a boatbuilding company in its infancy but putting into production a 35.5 foot steel, gaff rigged cutter, designed as a go anywhere offshore cruiser which can also, by virtue of clever design easily cruise the inland waterways. The boat is called the Wylo 35.5 and its original designer Nick Skeates is on his third or fourth circumnavigation. There are about 40 Wylos out there despite the fact that to get one you had to find Nick, buy plans and build it yourself. One Wylo owner Trevor Robertson has overwintered his Wylo in Antarctica and Greenland frozen into the ice. Do a search for Iron Bark's Travels.

We would really appreciate help from the forum readers to tell us where the self builders and committed experienced offshore sailors hang out on the web. We want to reach out to them and tell them our story. If this has interested you, you can read more of our story at Welcome to Voyaging Yachts

Thanks for reading this and thanks for your help.
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

Iron Bark's travels: Iron Bark

Atom Voyages - The Ice Man of "Iron Bark" - Trevor Robertson sailing to Antarctica

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Any bar 'Tourists' don't go to...
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:59   #4
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

I can see my first mistake in using this forum. I really should have named the thread 'Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out on the web'

What are the other websites that act as a magnet for this community in the same way as this great site does?

Sorry for any confusion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:21   #5
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No confusion mate... just take a look at my Avatar...
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

Annie Hill hangs with Trevor now?

Metal boat society would be a good start.

Others seem to be mostly loners with their own sites.

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Brent Swain used to hang here, but quit a couple of years back.

I think Bruce Roberts quit also, but may be mistaken.

Once in a while a thread comes up where some dreamer wants to either build new or rehab an old boat. They tend to get much abuse from the plastic snot crowd.

That perhaps is a bit unfair for there are also many experienced and thoughtful posters here.

Hard to find an aggregation of such odd birds.
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Maybe learn to speak French? In the Carib, almost all the steel sailboats are operated by Europeans, mostly French with a few Germans and Dutch thrown in.
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

Hello Willie@VoyagingYachts,

It looks like you have a winner in that 35.5 design. It must be really roomy down below with that flush house top/deck.

To my eye (and use), the design is just begging for a pilot house.

Good luck with your new endeavor.

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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

I think you are already a sponsor of Attainable Adventure Cruising, no?

I heard of the Wylo there first.
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

You could also try boatdesign.net, which has a metal boats section, and metalboatbuilding.org
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

you could try here
Metal Boat • Index page

where are you based?
nick skeets and i share quite a few mutual friends here on muddy beach,penryn
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Hi everyone and thanks for all your suggestions and support. The Wylo is a Nick Skeates design and Voyaging Yachts are licenced by Nick to put the 35.5 fixed keel variant into production. We are based in Cowes Isle of Wight. We will be launching our demonstrator model in August this year and showing her at the Southampton boat show in September. You can follow the story of her build at www.voyagingyachts.com

Regards and please keep the suggestions coming. We want to get our story out there.
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

Not entirely sure what "serious offshore cruisers" are - but I suspect they can be found on "proper Bluewater boats" ..........and probably without internet (a bit too modern? - or simply too far offshore for wifi ).

You could try on Sailing Anarchy.........

........or the CF multihull sub-forum, they always like to hear about monos

Anyway, CF picks up well on Mr Google - therefore could do worse than chipping in some knowledge as threads come and go on steel boats, building and fixing (or even start some?).......as well as posting the short infomercials.
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Re: Where do self builders in steel and serious offshore cruisers hang out?

+1 on DoJ's last para:

This is a collaborative community. You talk (in breathless 'marketing speak') of "getting the story out there".

Most of us are a lot more interested in "stories" that benefit a wide cross section of contributors, and as individuals we probably have a rather low threshold for messages which (to be cruel but fair) might as well have emanated from a spam-bot, and in any case are designed to serve the narrow commercial ends of exactly one company.

I realise that some members will not have noticed recent flurry of posts sprayed across multiple topics. They might think this is over-reaction (shrug)

Sermon mode\ OFF
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I realise that some members will not have noticed recent flurry of posts sprayed across multiple topics. Sermon mode\ OFF
Those would be the blind sailors.
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