Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cape Henry 21 & Kits in Australia

The most recent Cape Henry 21 launch was in Adelaide, Australia. "Sealion" is beautiful, built by Ron Jesche, and painted a very pretty blue. Ron is a professional boatbuilder with other boatbuilding projects behind him but most boats to this design are built by amateurs. With more than 100 afloat or in build around the world, this is our most popular plywood traditional sailboat design.
Ron Jesche exhibiting "Sealion" at the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival.
 Ron made a lovely job of the build, both inside and out, with quality joinery. The bright-finished details against white surfaces are traditional finishes for classic boats and create a bright and airy interior.
Pretty detailing, nice finishes. The slatted liners are comfortable backrests for the settees.
The raised sheer and flush deck give a comfortable and spacious interior.
Afloat and waiting for her sails.
Ron made some custom changes to his boat. One of them was to add a small diesel motor under the front of the cockpit to replace the standard outboard motor in an outboard well. It fits in neatly, with access through hatches in the cockpit sole and bulkhead. Although the diesel motor is a bit heavier than the outboard that it replaces, it is closer to the centre of gravity of the boat, so has little effect on flotation.
Cockpit hatches to access engine and shaft seal.
Access openings in bulkheads around the engine.
Ron launched on Christmas eve and had the first sail as a Christmas present. Since then he has sailed her in a wide variety of conditions on all points of sail and tested her for heaving to. He had previously sailed the smaller sister, Cape Cutter 19, and declared them both to be fast, capable and without vices.
"Sealion" romping in a friendly summer breeze, sailing as a cutter with Yankee and staysail.
A few days ago he sent this photo, taken while sailing in light breeze. It was his first outing with Genoa and main, sailing as a sloop. He discovered just how fast these little boats are in light winds.
Reaching at 6.1 knots boat speed in 7.8 knots apparent breeze.
While building his Cape Henry 21, Ron Jesche agreed to work as our agent in Australia and since then we have expanded it to include CNC kits for our plywood designs. He is well placed to represent us at boat shows and in the plans and kit markets. To contact Ron Jesche, go to his Stainless Boatworks website at

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  1. Looking very ship shape and BEAUTIFUL

  2. very practical interior. Having quarter berths which are easily accessible and can serve as seats is v sensible