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Old 09-08-2013, 05:34   #1
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Is This A Kelsall?

Hi Shipmates, I recently bought this trimaran, I think she is a Derek Kelsall design, can you help? She is 9m x 6m, 30' x 20' fixed wing with a stub-keel and swing dagger boards in the amas. I'm told she was built in Wales around the mid 80's and has been kept in Poole Harbor for the last 20 years as a family boat. The previous owner used her as a fishing platform and removed most of the deck hardware. She has roller jib, inner fore stay, and a roller boom with a very corroded goose neck. If anyone knows where I can find a sail plan and if these goose neck fitting are still available, please let me know.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:55   #2
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Why not send an email and ask Derek Kelsall?
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Re: Is This A Kelsall???

Use the search function. He has answered here in the past.
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Re: Is This A Kelsall???

C O N T A C T U S

For more information contact:

Derek Kelsall - the originator of the KSS method, yacht designer, yacht racer.

Kelsall Catamarans

Franklin Road
RD 2, Waihi
NEW ZEALAND

Tel +64 7 863 3332

email: derek@kelsall.com

web: Catamarans - Kelsall Catamarans - Boat Designs

Paula Hesterman - company director.

email: paula@kelsall.com
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Old 09-08-2013, 17:52   #5
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Re: Is This A Kelsall???

Thank you gentleman, I hadn't realised this was an option, I'll let you know how I get on. While I have your attention, who made roller boom systems? The gearing is within the mast with a folding handle permanently mounted on the forward side and a rotating goose neck fitting on the aft. The goose neck end of the boom has a double hinged linkage that bolts onto the rotating mast fitting. It has all the signs of a steel bolt in a bronze fitting corrosion and unlikely to survive a blow. There aren't any makers names on the rig.
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Re: Is This A Kelsall???

Thanks again for the steer to Derek Kelsall, I receive an immediate reply saying "I see some resemblance to my designs, I have never used that shape of outrigger transom. Cannot recall who did either."
I will try to trace the previous owners. so the jury is still out and any more ideas or suggestions welcome??
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Ian Farrier (Trimaran and Catamaran Designs By Farrier Marine, Inc.) boats have on-boom furling, but that's not a Farrier (or a Corsair) trimaran

Modified Crowther Buccaneer?
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Re: Is This A Kelsall?

Your tri has some resemblance to Robert Harris' designs. He is located in BC Canada and used centerboards in the ama with a low skeg/keel on some designs. There is also a bit of Lock Crowther and Simpson/Wild in the appearance.
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Look also at Dick Newick's designs, although the amas look wrong for him
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Definitely not a Newick.
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Re: Is This A Kelsall?

With the square foredeck on fine bows and the high beams your tri is almost certainly an Andrew Simpson design. Not to be confused with an Ozzie designer with the same surname. He now writes for yachting mags in the UK and cruises in a monohull!
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Re: Is This A Kelsall?

I've attached a new photo showing the distinctive ama dagger-boards.

David, I will try to contact Andrew Simpson through PBO thanks for the steer, I've been reading his articles for years with no idea of his tri history, so much to learn, so little time.

Thanks to all for your help which I followed-up with hours of web searching but I don't have a definitive this yet.

Just bought a pair new Lewmar jib track and cars (dead sexy), cleats and block. I'll strip and clean all the old winches, go over the rig and measure for new halyards this week and see what she can do in the harbour.
Keep your finger crossed the goose neck doesn't break.
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I originally had a roller boom with a complicated gooseneck and thro mast axle and handle. I soon replaced it with a standard non rotating gooseneck and reverted to slab reefing, much better setting mainsail. If you can identify the spar maker they will make a you a simpler gooseneck for the extrusion. Alternatively make a ?cardboard cutout? of the spar rear section, or make a simple mock up, and take it to a local stainless steel fabricator. You should be able to drill out the rivets holding the old one in place. Altho this may last the season out, giving you all winter to organise a new one.
Looking at the pic, the winding handle looks similar to mine, it may be a Sailspar mast.
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the centerboard is very like to the Prindle 19
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