Bob Hinks and Ray Holmes build fast, shallow-draft dayboat Cirrus at the Boat Building Academy

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Launch day views of Cirrus

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Designer and boatbuilding instructor Mike Broome, photographed with Cirrus

Boat Building Academy principal Yvonne Green has sent us some more photos from the big student launch day at Lyme in December.

Bob Hinks and Ray Holmes built Cirrus, a 20ft western red cedar strip planked, epoxy glass sheathed day sailer designed by Academy instructor Mike Broome.

‘She was designed to be shallow draught, equipped with a ballasted centreboard and lifting rudder to enable use either under sail or using auxilliary power.

‘She mixes traditional style with modern systems, and is equipped with an electric sail-drive with a two-blade folding prop. Batteries sit either side of the centreboard case to provide ballast as well as power for the prop. She also has a traditionally-laid deck and bespoke steelwork on chainplates, rudder and centreboard.

‘On her maiden voyage Bob, who was formerly owner and MD of  special effects company Asylum and electronic engineer Ray achieved 5.5 knots sailing in light airs.

‘Bob and Ray worked long hours, and Cirrus is a testament to their focus and determination.

‘Since the course ended in December, Bob has hired space in a yard near the Academy and over the next few months is going to refine and perfect Cirrus before going into production.’

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Cirrus in the workshop


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4 thoughts on “Bob Hinks and Ray Holmes build fast, shallow-draft dayboat Cirrus at the Boat Building Academy”

  1. Hello Gavin,

    I have always a real pleasure to see your blog, and I would like to thank you again, and this time specially for this amazing "Cirrus" news.

    You say : "Bob [..] is going to refine and perfect Cirrus before going into production."

    Can we understand that this boat will be in production for the buyers ?

    If yes, have you an idea of its future price ?

    Best Regards,

    Guy.

  2. Guy –

    It's nice to hear from you, and thanks for your kind words. Yes, I understand Bob plans to go into production. I haven't got contact details for him, but Yvonne at the Boat Building Academy will be able to help you.

    Gav

  3. Dear Bob,
    I work with Tom at East Sheen . May I ask whether you are still marketing your property at East Sheen. If so we would love to help you low key as I believe Tom discussed with you. PLease would you be so kind as to send me your contact number and email when you have a moment.
    Many thanks indeed.

    Lindy Foad

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