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Old 15-09-2020, 21:07   #31
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

Thanks gruffa,

I think thats a fine looking boat, I've always had a fascination for Horstmans. I hope you get around to W.A one day.
Be good if you could give us a review of the sailing qualities sometime, I'm particularly interested to hear how it goes to weather particularly in the 20-30 knot range as thats out local breeze.
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Old 16-09-2020, 01:53   #32
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

Apparently Mistral was built in Washington by Al Koban.
He also built an 18 and 48 Tristar, though I don't know if he finished the 48.

I shall certainly report back on the sailing as I am very interested to find out myself.
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Old 16-09-2020, 01:58   #33
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Old 16-09-2020, 13:10   #34
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

Congratulations on your boat. Yes, Al Koban built her. It's great to know that she's still around and looking good. She's by far the best looking Horstman I've seen.


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Old 20-09-2020, 12:12   #35
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

I'm pretty sure that old pic of Mistal is on Lake Union. About the 2500-2700 block of Fairview/Eastlake Ave E in Seattle. Thats a trip down memory lane. I lived on the left edge of the picture in the 1970s and raced my Lightning against Chaak, mentioned upthreat, and 12 Meter Weatherly in the Duck Dodges at the time. The upper deck of Interstate-5 is just visible in the upper left corner. Just down the street theres a ~45' 1960's trimaran liveaboard parked in the same place its been in for ~45 years. I've recently chatted with the old lady that still lives on it. I'll be driving by it this afternoon.

Pretty boat that Mistal. Good luck with her. Amazing its still providing joy 50 or so years later on the other side of the world. Imagine how the the original builder would feel to know that.

Jamie can you fill in some of the boat's history prior to your picture. And do keep us updated. Joe Dazy will know if Al was a member of the Multihull (material buyers) Club that is still going all these years later.
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Old 20-09-2020, 13:10   #36
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Yes, Al was a member. That's how I got invited to his launch party


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Old 20-09-2020, 20:04   #37
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

Well Joe, I'm sure Gruffa and well as the rest of us would like to hear any info or stories of Mistral or Al the builder: On this thread or at Octobers Zoom meeting. To y'all: The club I mentioned is still going strong though it is mostly social, cruising, with a little fboat racing thrown in. There is some building & refitting going on but it is no longer a buying club. We do get a discount at Seattle's best chandlery, Fisheries Supply though. Anyone can join us in our monthly Zoom meetings. I post notices here around the first of the month. Oct 6 is the next one.
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Old 21-09-2020, 06:16   #38
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

Ejlindahl, jdazey, thanks for your added information!
I am super keen to find the history and story of this boat. Between Al and the previous owner to me, I know not much so far.
Ed Horstman said he heard from the guy who bought it from Al and was invited for a sail down San Diego way before he left for NZ. Ed didn't say whether he went or not though.
Al's three daughters were very thrilled to learn that their father's boat is still around.

The story of discovering that Mustang was Mistral started with Ed and his wife identifying the pulpit as belonging to Mistral. Then I was looking at the few old photos I could find, and was sent, and comparing them with Mustang.
Several little items seemed to match. Then found the mast was an exact match. A gold anodised spar from Chichester, England. But still not knowing whether there might have been more than one boat with one of those masts, I still wanted another clue. Mistral had deep red trim. Mustang has grey trim. But when we pulled up the daaggerboards the other day, there in the middle section between the white top and antifouled tip was that beautiful deep red paint. Positive ID!
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Old 21-09-2020, 21:55   #39
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Its fun to hear the history of a boat you own. Hopefully Joe has something to add.
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Old 21-09-2020, 23:06   #40
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Re: Which multihull would YOU choose for mostly solo long distance cruising?

One of the earlier Searunner 31s sailed from the W coast and thru Polynesia with a crew of 3. I believe at least one has been sailed to Australia from US.

Woods Gypsy has also.

Main thing with a Searunner is to be 100% sure it is for for offshore. They are old, homebuilt wood boats! I recently surveyed a SR 37 for a family of like 6 mostly teenagers that wanted to sail from FL to Australia. Boat was in OK shape but I strongly recommended against it.

The couple nights we spent with water breaking over the
center cabin top sailing with storm jib and double reef, made be glad I was sure. Also that I'd adopted some of Jim's construction ideas in one of Richard's designs.
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