Luckily when I purchase
my Searunner with the boat
came the original plan's. 2 Original manuals
(Second one being the best with more information) and the Case for the Cruising Trimaran. (The Bible)
All written by Jim Brown and devoted wife.
Aroha was built in Timaru so it must be the most southern Searunner.
I also have found 4 or 5 news-letters. A5 size stapled about 12-15 pages. They were a 4 monthly thing I think. Even today very interesting reading about people travelling around in these Searunners. Their experiences and tip's about their boats, and the life of a Seafarer. A sailing culture and very addictive. I must admit I have been captivated somewhat of Jim Browns writings and philosophy even today.
I did hear that Jim and John have sold over 2000 Searunner plans.
So it must have been extremely popular in the early 70's when everyone wanted to build a boat
in their back yard.
Now its a by-gone erra here in New Zealand
anyway, the backyard boatbuilder
isnt seen much at all.
Its a pitty. now with a computer and a cellphone one lives a different lifestyle.
Shame that cause Building a Searunner and sailing the world would have to be and still is top of the list.
But even today Searunner plans are still being sold. Amazing!
The Searunners owners list on the net is going to be updated.
There are many more Searunner owners in the world that already have given their details to the owners list. This list oneday will be very helpfull with Selling and Buying
I believe that it will ad value to Searunners.
and net communication its possible to revive the very clever design of the Searunner.
Bob Wilson is the man that is re creating the new Searunner owners list
[email@example.com] you might like to send him pic's of your boat with details about its history
There was talk about a revived newsletter also.
PS gosh the winter has been a nasty windy cold wet one in New Zealand
. Roll on summer.