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In Reply to: Bluewater 25 now Tradewind Atoll...? posted by Thom V on June 05, 2002 at 06:42:56:
Yes I discovered all this while looking for Hayden Knibbs back in the mid 90's.
Someone in Stuckton told me that he had sold the Bluewater 25 design to Tradewind yachts and may have gone to work for them, so I rang Tradewind and asked for his whereabouts. They coud give no information regards his location, but during the discussion the person admitted that the Atoll was in fact the Bluewater 25 and the design had been bought from Hayden. Subsequently John Rock, the resident designer and the creater of the earlier Tradewinds, altered the design by the simple expedient of adding 5" to the freeboard by enlarging the topmost strake. This was achieved while leaving the rest of the design basically untouched right down to its multichine hull. I believe they also increased the balast but I would have to check my design plans to be sure.
Tradewind have subsequently taken the design and stretched it to 32ft but maintained the identical look in the new Tradewind Islander. Only one of these has been built that I know of and it is a really lovely looking boat. This vessel is to be seen at http://tradewindyachts.co.uk/tradewind_islander.htm. Unfortunately the Tradewind website is not well constructed and if you come in through the"front door" the 25' Atol is the only boat you will see mentioned. If you use the link above (and below) it will take you directly to the Islander page which is not otherwise mentioned or linked to. Strange really and a lesson for all you webmasters out there.
ciao Scott T
Hi from the UK,
You might like to know that 12 Tradewind 25 (Atolls) have been produced in the UK. All the hulls were moulded by a company called Blondecell Marine, who also fitted out most of them.
My wife and I own the last to have been produced, some 4 years ago. She was fitted out by a small, but growing, company called: M & B Yachts, based in Poole, Dorset. Our boat, "Chione T", was being constructed alongside the Tradewind Islander, also a product of M&B's handiwork. I say 'the Islander' since she is still the only example of her kind yet to be produced.
For much more info on the Tradewind Atoll than you will find on Tradewind Yacht's web site, try this: http://www.Johnson-UK.info
Should you need any further info, please email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Best,
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