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Hi Nobby,

Yes the SPRAY 700 site is interesting. Whats of most interest to me is the picture of Slocum's SPRAY on the opening page! I have gone through all the pictures and graphics in the SBF 'library' on "SPRAY" and not ONE shows what this picture appears to show--the 'sister' bowsprit--Slocum added after he reached the Pacific Islands. Now in Kenneth Slack's book "in the wake of SPRAY" he explains away one of the mysteries why Slocum was able to keep "SPRAY" on course, with no one at the ships wheel, day and night for a month at a time... Think 'canard' style airplanes that 'steer' from the front. Slocum was a master mariner and over time in "SPRAY" he modified her to do his bidding with this sister bowsprit as the key.

The vessel shown above is a 'Bluewater 25' built of steel in the UK in the early '90's by Bluewater Boats. Stats: LOA 38', LOD 25', LWL 22', Beam 9'10", Draft 4'1", DISP 4.6 Tons, SA 500 Sq.Ft. She was built at Stuckton Ironworks Fordingbridge Hampshire. She is loosely based on Thomas Gillmer's 23' "Blue Moon".

As to boats similar to the "SPRAY 700", take a look at the Stevenson Pocket Yachts site at www.stevensonprojects.com. Both the 16' Weekender and 21' Vacationer look like a mini "SPRAY"...

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