Monday, August 9, 2010

45' Theodora Launched

After 2 years of meticulous construction, Theodora, (design #602-C1) has been launched in New Zealand. She is a sistership to Revonoc, built in 1945 by the Nevins Yard of City Island, New York.

The original plans were used as the basis of the design but were re-engineered for cold molded Epoxy construction. The deck plan was also modernized for modern sailing gear and the interior arrangement updated to reflect the owner's requirements.

I believe this is best described in an email we received from the builder, Ian Franklin:

From: Ian Franklin [mailto:ian@franklin.co.nz]
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Frederic De Clercq
Cc: Bruce Johnson
Subject: Theodora

Hello Bruce and Frederic,

We sailed Theodora yesterday, in the rain, flat water and the breeze topped at 15 knots. I tell you it was nothing short of stunning. She sailed quite high, made very little lee way and was surprisingly stiff. I was blown away, it is a beautiful boat. If those old fellas that drew her are still around please give them my congratulations.

There was a Beneteau 48 or 50 hanging around with us and going to windward we lifted off him and footed faster and we sailed away from him down wind. She was really good, I might become a classic fan.

Best regards,
Ian Franklin
Ian Franklin Boat Builders Ltd
190 Maces Rd
PO Box 19668
Christchurch

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