Sure - I'll send you a Pm with my email
There is only one other Wildfire that I know of, the prototype built in New Zealand
. I am unsure of it's current
disposition. The predecessor boat (Great Barrier Express) was built at least 300 times, and they are scattered about. If anyone reading this knows of another, please let us know!
This might be the only one in the US.
Accommodations are spartan - 3 to 4 single
bunks below. We have a porta pot on one side, galley
on the other. That works for racing
, but when the wife is along, we pitch
a 4 man tent on the forward tramp with a queen sized air mattress. Works out great in good weather
With regard to building, I would not do it, knowing what I now know. This particular design is great, and the guy I bought it from did a great job building it. BUT, It is still a handmade boat, and there is certainly more work keeping it up to snuff than a production boat.
The huge benefit is high performance at low initial cost. My initial reservations about a cedar cored hull
have been completely eliminated. Light, strong and rot
resistant, it is exceptional so far, and I hear of many that are 30 years old and still doing just fine.
Realistically, you are going to spend at least $30K US starting from scratch, using second hand crossbeams, used mast
, used blocks, etc. Use epoxy
for everything, and 2 part poly paint
were handsewn per the architect's plans, I have subsequently replaced them with something a bit more racy.
Fun? You bet. I'm right there with the Corsairs except can't point quite as high upwind. Off the wind
slightly, she boogies. The ride is MUCH drier. On those occasion when you want to take 10 people and a case of beer
, it is a blast, though not as fast!