Designer and builder Tom Dunderdale

Tom Dunderdale is a designer who draws and builds boats that have some appeal for those of us who admire traditional boats, but not got the time, skills or wherewithal to care for them.

Apple is a sweet-sheered, yawl-rigged, balanced lug day-sailer with a good turn of speed – Tom says her lines reflect modern thinking more than you might guess from the rig.

She was designed as an open day-sailer for large lakes, rivers and sheltered estuary waters that could be built in a modest single car garage on a very modest budget, and certainly hits that target.

The standard Apple is light in weight and not intended for cruising exposed coastal waters in strong winds, but Tom has also drawn up a decked and ballasted version more suited for this purpose in the hands of an experienced open-boat cruiser. I think both versions make a very nice boats.

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Tom Dunderdale's Apple

2 thoughts on “Designer and builder Tom Dunderdale”

  1. Hi Gavin,

    I'm from Australia and have been corresponding with Tom Dunderdale of Campion Sail and Design, for a few months now.

    I am wanting to build a design of his, the Apple 18' and my last contact with him was back in November and I haven't heard from him since. I have sent about 3 emails to him since last hearing from him and am now beginning to worry and wonder if something has happened to him. I understand there could be a thousand reasons why I haven't heard from him.

    As his company doesn't have a phone number listed on his site, I am wondering if you may have his phone number on your records as I see you have promoted his company.

    I am hopeful you may be able to help me with his number and I will be very grateful for any assistance you can give me. I also hope my request is not too much of an inconvenience to you.

    I remain yours faithfully,

    John Jackson.

    1. John –

      I haven't been in touch with Tom for quite some time, but will write to you directly.

      I have already replied to Chuck Leinweber on this, and I guess you didn't receive the message?



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