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  • home built Flica 37

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran

Rajen from India wrote"Golden Cat (Romany) and I were on front page of Times of India. This was because we made the first sailing voyage to Lakshadweep from Gujarat. This was a big and unheard news in this part of the world.

The Romany superb design and my builder's quality work has helped me to complete my dream. We sailed at least for two days in 23 kts wind with 2 reefs. Romany sailed smoothly in a rough sea of 1.5 to 2 meter waves. We also had ab out 18 kts wind while crossing my longest offshore passage of 150 nm two ways.

Both time the sea was fully built with tall waves, most inter island Lakshadweep ships cancelled their trips but we sailed without problem - in fact the wind helped us to cross faster. We didn't see a single sailing yacht during our 40 days voyage."

See his pdf logbook HERE

Brad wrote "I launched the Romany yesterday! Her name is "Bombay Duck" She floated about 100mm above her waterlines. I still have to step the mast and add a little more equipment. Can't wait to actually raise sails and go sailing! The crane operator said she weighed 7,000 lbs."

A very good boatbuilder's site is below, mainly photos, of a round bilge foam sandwich hulled Romany being built in the USA. Launched Sept 2015 and motored to the Great Lakes for final fitout

http://zambonidriver.com/category/boat-building-updates/

"Last week I sailed a Leopard 45  and was shocked to find out very poor performance in speed and upwind. Romany is a pleasure to sail any day. My Romany points far better than a Leopard 45. The Leopard was terribly slow and pointed poorly. Although they are great for charter and in the Marina."

"I flew my spinnaker for the first time with great success. I kept it from a former boat, so it's not the ideal size, but it was great fun. I blew past a J-24 (with what looked like racing sails) as if it were anchored. Yeah, I'm 10ft longer, but it's still fun.

I don't think the wind was ever over 12 and I hit 8 a few times. I sailed without the main and I didn't even need the auto pilot. I could go 5 minutes without touching the wheel."