Antony's Retirement Projects

Antony has a thing for micro cruisers and he likes the shape of John Welsford's designs. His latest creation is a John Welsford 'Fafnir' with modifications and adapted for a junk rig. The previous micro cruiser he built was a Tardis

The Fafnir is bigger inside than out, with all running lines and tiller operated from below deck - out of the weather.

She does not have a sparkling performance but is very comfortable. Antony likes the junk rig as it is ideal for solo sailing with simple reefing. Antony modified the design at the bow to enable him to add in a separate anchor well and I think it gives his micro cruiser a bit more character with the bow on an angle and not vertical as shown in the profile drawing.

Antony has taken care to make sure all joints are spot on as he is building it for his son who is a carpenter. The ply clinker skiff is Antony's latest creation. The Selway Fisher "Stornaway 12" design was selected due to its shape and handsome likes for estuary fishing.
Below is the dimensions and plan of John Welford's original design:


Length on deck 13ft 1in 4.00 metres
Beam 6 ft 2in 1.90 M
Draft 2 ft 7in 0.800m
Sail area 139 sq ft 14.9 Sq m
Dry weight estimated 1430 lbs 650 kg
Ballast 550 lbs 250 kg
Max sailing weight 2420 lbs 1100 kg
Continue down the page to see Antony's journey!
Selway Fisher 12 foot "Stornaway".

The locals at Braidwood, NSW were so impressed with Antony's workmanship that he enter it in the 2014 Braidwood Arts Festival.

2014 Hal Harpur Award

Antony was nominated by Drive Marine services Dave Giddings for the wooden boat association Hal Harpur award in 2014 and the judges made special mention of Antony's thrill seeking adventure taking the judge from the shore to the Fafnir for scrutiny.
Antony was nominated by Drive Marine services Dave Giddings for the wooden boat association Hal Harpur award in 2014 and the judges made special mention of Antony's thrill seeking adventure taking the judge from the shore to the Fafnir for scrutiny.

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