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|When Nick Skeats
lost his yacht "Wylo" on a Pacific reef, he knew he had to get another
long-distance craft. The lessons learned sailing around much of the world
have been incorporated in the new Wylo design and there is food for thought
for any would-be passage maker.
How do you replace a cruising yacht that was your home for five years, in which you had sailed
20,000 nautical miles. Not easily, that's for sure. I'd always said
that Wylo was near my ideal cruising boat; she was 28ft on deck, about
26ft on the waterline, 8ft beam and 4ft 4inch draft. Carvel built with
a long keel and transom rudder, she was very full ended (high prismatic
coefficient) and carried a bermudan cutter rig of 485 sq.ft. She proved
to be an excellent ocean cruiser, and a fine light weather boat, as well
as a pleasant performer in sheltered water.
First of all we, my wife Dorothy and I, had to decide to what sort of use our next boat
(already referred to as Wylo II) would be put. There seemed to be four
1. A permanent home for two.
2. Ocean cruising from New Zealand to Europe at least.
3. Cruising the European Canals.
4. Sailing far up estuaries, rivers and creeks (a fascination).
|For those wishing to build their own "Wylo" write to Nick Skeats
at: c/o 21,The Avenue, Brockham, Betchworth, Surrey.RH3 7EN,England.