When I posted about the Tricorn dinghy, I had at the back of my mind that it was an interesting if lttle known day sailor, what a surprise then to find out that Patrick co author on 1001 Boats actually has one in France.
Next I received an interesting email from Paul Mullins in New Zealand with pictures of his Whiting 16 a very similar boat designed by Paul Whiting in the late 1970's.
Paul observes "Strange how pretty much the same concept evolves either end of the world!", but perhaps not so strange, the idea of a stable and well ballasted cruising dinghy, yet with good performance is appealing to many of us. Plus the secure and dry cuddly is a great place to store clothes and equipment.
Paul's boat is called Swift, named after a Thames Barge owned by his Grandfather. He tells us "She is a delight to sail showing great acceleration and stability helped by a large sailplan and a steel centreboard assisted by some internal ballast either side of the CB case. A flat run aft allows planing in a decent breeze and the cuddy provides two minimalist berths for camping trips."
Thanks to Paul for details of another interesting boat and I have to say that I'm envious of Paul's local cruising ground - below.