1906 Twelve Metre KATE
“Kate” is a First Rule (1907) International Twelve Metre.
60 foot on deck, 12 metres on the waterline and almost 24
metres from bowsprit tip to main boom end. 250 square metres
of sail to windward in mainsail, three headsails and a jack
Spinnakers are set down wind.
LOA 23.75 metres (tip of bowsprit to boom end).
LOD 18.40 metres.
LWL 12.00 metres.
Beam 3.45 metres.
Draft 2.30 metres.
Displacement 20 tonnes.
Sail area 250 square metres
---- “Kate” was designed by Alfred Mylne in 1908 and built
by Philip Walwyn and his small team of woodworkers in St.
Kitts. Launch date was December 2006.
Copies of Mylne’s drawings and calculations were used.
Displacement is as designed, as is ballast ratio and rig.
Construction, engineered by Ian Nicolson with plan approval
from the Twelve Metre Class is wood, epoxy, bronze fastened
throughout and glass sheathed using two layers of 300gsm
biaxial. Walwyn has used this method over the past 30 years
to build a number of boats for himself. Epoxy, additives and
glass cloth are from SP Systems in the Isle of Wight.
Coatings are by Awlgrip.
Frames are laminated mahogany as is the centerline
structure. Planking, screwed and glued to the frames is 35
mm Oregon pine, a 2mm veneer of Okoume covers the interior
planking. Deck beams are laminated Oregon pine. Decks are
two layers of 10mm Bruynzeel ply with a laid deck of Oregon
pine of 4mm glued over. The spars are Sitka spruce, made
hollow. Sails are cream Dacron by Gowen of West Mersea. The
keel of 11.5 tonnes is lead with 18 bronze keel bolts.
Rigging is by Spencer of Cowes using Sta-Lok terminals and
rigging screws. Ten bronze, Meissner, self tailing winches
handle halyards, runners and sheets. Bronze and steel
hardware is by Classic Marine in Woodbridge.
With experience gained building half a dozen boats up to 23
metres on deck engineered in wood/epoxy, “Kate’s” interior
and furniture is designed to be both functional and add
strength and it makes for a particularly stiff structure.
There is no engine, no tanks and apart from a masthead
tricolour, no electrics. Handheld GPS and VHF are on board.
The boat is a symphony in simplicity.
Accommodation is traditional with two quarter berths aft,
chart table on starboard, galley top on port, settee berths
and pilot berths port and starboard in the saloon, marine
head on starboard and vanity opposite on port by the mast
with a double cabin forward. The anchor locker and stowage
is forward of a watertight bulkhead. A small lazarette is
between two watertight bulkheads aft of the tiller.
When we spent time, money and emotion
building "Kate" we were not thinking about anything except
bringing the job to a finish.Since her launch an
extraordinary amount of interest has been shown in
the boat. Unwittingly we have touched a nerve or perhaps
struck a cord. People seem to love classic boats and for six
months in the Caribbean wherever we have sailed every camera
has been pointed our way and "Kate"has had endless positive
comment (apart from those whose favourite colour is not
yellow). This has been very rewarding for all involved in
making "Kate" sail and as the owner I am both grateful and
somewhat humbled by the attention given to us.
To top it all the July issues of both Classic Boat magazine
from the UK and Wooden Boat from the US show "Kate" on their
covers, with extensive articles inside.
Offered for US$500,000
PLEASE NOTE: We have a lot of building photographs,
launching, sea trials, regatta pictures etc. on request.
photographs: Chris Doyle and Mick Watts
All information mentioned here believed to be correct but not guaranteed
Les informations contenues dans ce site sont présumées correctes
mais non garanties