Friday, 24 February 2012

The Cape Henry 21, is it sea worthy

This was the question I was asked a day or so back, my reply was I would take the boat coast wise with no fears or worries at all, the boats designer, Dudley Dix was the right person to comment, so I asked him, his reply makes the boat even better! Read it below this picture.

Now available from us as a kit, or from a specialist boat builder here in Cape Town, as a built up hull and deck unit, even a sail away boat.

 A Cape Henry 21, built from plans.

The Cape Henry 21 is a very seaworthy boat, despite its small size. It was not designed for open ocean use, as in ocean crossings but I am sure that it is only a matter of time before someone does cross an ocean on one. You can see the stability graph at  , which shows a range of positive stability better than most boats of this size. It has positive stability to well past a knock-down situation. This is with the centreplate down but even with the plate up it will recover from a knock-down.

The smaller sister, the Cape Cutter 19, has been used for some impressive voyages. One of them has circum-navigated Britain and another did an open water passage from Burma to Singapore. The Cape Henry 21 is an identical concept but has greater safety because of the increased size. I would have no concerns about sailing one around the Cape Peninsula and on the West Coast. You must of course choose your weather, don't do it in a gale from any direction.


Dudley Dix

Dudley Dix Yacht Design
1340-1272 N Great Neck Rd #343
Virginia Beach, VA 23454, USA
Tel (757)962-9273  Fax (888)505-6820
Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once

 Pictures from the Dix Design web site.

Cumhur Regay built his Cape Henry 21 in Turkey. Here they are sailing at Izmir in the Aegean Sea, looking very pretty.


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