It is a rare thing when a person can say, ” if I was building another boat today I would build funnelweb all over again”. She represents the culmination of twenty years of experience gained from living on, building and generally messing about in boats.
Working closely with Robert Hick, who is the designer and builder, we were able to launch a boat that has proven to be fast, responsive and a safe passage maker.
After having completed 26,000 miles she is currently being totally refitted in readiness for her next big adventure, the Melbourne to Osaka and Transpac races.
With five watertight bulkheads, and six water ballast tanks, her interior is small by comparison to other fifteen metre yachts but she is surprisingly comfortable for a crew of six.
Although a true racing boat she has also proven to be equally at home as a cruising boat on many of the return delivery trips from various races most notably on her return from Japan after the 2003 Melbourne to Osaka visiting many exotic pacific islands and giving her crew at the time some truly memorable experiences.
Length 15.2 metres
Beam 3.9 metres
Draft 3.4 metres
Sail area working 155 square metres
Sail area downwind 335 square metres
Water ballast 3,380 litres