Wayfinder Build: Part 8 – Furniture

Just got a bunch of new photos of the interior, as more of the furniture is going in. I thought I’d share and describe what we’re looking at with each one. The above shot is of the nav station. That black panel is a custom carbon fiber piece, and it’ll hold all the instruments Wayfinder… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 7 – Coming Along

Welcome to St. Francis Marine! In the heart of St. Francis Bay, at the southern tip of South Africa, one of the best cruising catamarans in the world is built right here.   The yard is brilliantly laid out. I’ve been to a half-dozen boat yards over the years, and this one has been refined over twenty… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 6 – An Early Tour

I’m in St. Francis Bay South Africa to check in on Wayfinder. Even anticipating how it might feel, I wasn’t prepared for the emotional reaction to seeing the boat in person. It was overwhelming. The boat looks amazing, and the town of St. Francis and its environs is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 5 – Coming Together

I seriously teared up seeing this. The hull comes out of the mold and is joined to the deck. I fly out a week from today to see the boat in person. Surreal.  

Wayfinder: All About Power

I’ve had various friends and family members inquire about the power supplied on a sailing boat like Wayfinder. My dad (who will accompany me on the delivery cruise from South Africa to Florida) wondered if we’d have AC power on the boat, or just 12V DC. How does a microwave work at sea? My mom wanted… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 4 – Paddleboards

I am hooked on paddleboarding. If you’ve never done it, it might seem strange, seeing people standing on large surfboards, rowing while standing*. But the advantages over kayaks are enormous. Now, I’ve kayaked for years. I love kayaking, both down rivers and in oceans. In oceans, though, paddleboards are so much better. You can paddle… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 3 – Infusion

Fiberglass was a revelation for the boating industry. Prior to this, boats were made of wood, metal, or ferrocement. All had drawbacks. Metal rusts; wood rots and leaks; and ferrocement is tricky to work with (and suffers from an unfair reputation in the States, affecting resale value). Fiberglass is basically a woven mat of plastics… Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 2 – The Hull

  No two St. Francis 50s are alike. Not only are they tweaked to the specifications of each owner, the builder makes their own refinements with every hull. Duncan and George spend a lot of time on the boats they build — sailing them, using them, owning them. They love their boats, but they are never satisfied…. Read more »

Wayfinder Build: Part 1 – The Design

There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Every choice is a compromise. What I love about the St. Francis is that you even have choices. These are semi-custom boats, in that the hull molds are reused and structural bulkheads can’t be changed, but everything else is up to you and what you are willing… Read more »

The St. Francis 50

Three different boat shows. Countless hours on websites. A flood of emails from boat builders, calls from brokers, visits to yards where various catamarans are manufactured. And we kept coming back to the same boat, over and over. There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Each model has a feature you love and is missing… Read more »

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  • Wayfinder Build: Part 8 – Furniture

    Just got a bunch of new photos of the interior, as more of the furniture is going in. I thought I’d share and describe what we’re looking at with each one. The above shot is of the nav station. That black panel is a custom carbon fiber piece, and it’ll hold all the instruments Wayfinder… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 7 – Coming Along

    Welcome to St. Francis Marine! In the heart of St. Francis Bay, at the southern tip of South Africa, one of the best cruising catamarans in the world is built right here.   The yard is brilliantly laid out. I’ve been to a half-dozen boat yards over the years, and this one has been refined over twenty… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 6 – An Early Tour

    I’m in St. Francis Bay South Africa to check in on Wayfinder. Even anticipating how it might feel, I wasn’t prepared for the emotional reaction to seeing the boat in person. It was overwhelming. The boat looks amazing, and the town of St. Francis and its environs is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 5 – Coming Together

    I seriously teared up seeing this. The hull comes out of the mold and is joined to the deck. I fly out a week from today to see the boat in person. Surreal.  

  • Wayfinder: All About Power

    I’ve had various friends and family members inquire about the power supplied on a sailing boat like Wayfinder. My dad (who will accompany me on the delivery cruise from South Africa to Florida) wondered if we’d have AC power on the boat, or just 12V DC. How does a microwave work at sea? My mom wanted… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 4 – Paddleboards

    I am hooked on paddleboarding. If you’ve never done it, it might seem strange, seeing people standing on large surfboards, rowing while standing*. But the advantages over kayaks are enormous. Now, I’ve kayaked for years. I love kayaking, both down rivers and in oceans. In oceans, though, paddleboards are so much better. You can paddle… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 3 – Infusion

    Fiberglass was a revelation for the boating industry. Prior to this, boats were made of wood, metal, or ferrocement. All had drawbacks. Metal rusts; wood rots and leaks; and ferrocement is tricky to work with (and suffers from an unfair reputation in the States, affecting resale value). Fiberglass is basically a woven mat of plastics… Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 2 – The Hull

      No two St. Francis 50s are alike. Not only are they tweaked to the specifications of each owner, the builder makes their own refinements with every hull. Duncan and George spend a lot of time on the boats they build — sailing them, using them, owning them. They love their boats, but they are never satisfied…. Read more »

  • Wayfinder Build: Part 1 – The Design

    There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Every choice is a compromise. What I love about the St. Francis is that you even have choices. These are semi-custom boats, in that the hull molds are reused and structural bulkheads can’t be changed, but everything else is up to you and what you are willing… Read more »

  • The St. Francis 50

    Three different boat shows. Countless hours on websites. A flood of emails from boat builders, calls from brokers, visits to yards where various catamarans are manufactured. And we kept coming back to the same boat, over and over. There is no such thing as a perfect boat. Each model has a feature you love and is missing… Read more »