I have been asked a few times whether there are any plans available so that people could build their very own Katie. The answer has always been, well not really. As you can read over on Katie's page there never were any proper plans, I've just pointed people towards the two pieces of A4 Chris Waite provided and said, go ahead if you are brave enough.
Over on the other side of the world serial boat builder Rob Blackburn was looking for his next build and after a shortish conversation decided to take up the challenge.
Rob is going his own way with his version of Katie, the hull is the same but the deck, hatches and cockpit are of his own devising.
Now while I did my initial testing under the full media glare of the HBBR paparazzi,
Rob has had his own special test tank built in his back yard.
They don't mess around in the antipodes you know.
Here he sensibly gets his attractive helper to test the stability while he manfully stands ready to prevent a capsize.
Rob has devised a roller furling lug sail, which seems eminently sensible and he is also fitting electric bilge pumps for when he gets the inevitable dunking.
There has been a lot of progress recently with paint being applied and all the little fiddly jobs being done so a Southern Hemisphere Spring Splash should be happening quite soon.
I'll keep you posted.