MORWENNA 38’ Steel Ketch – Design # 003

This traditionally styled boat is a development of our SHANGRI-LA 36′ steel cutter design in that the hull has been lengthened and the sheer raised to create a flush deck. Instead of a trunk cabin there is now a small doghouse which will be ideal for keeping watch out of the weather.

The rig reflects the client’s desire to divide the sail plan into easily handled areas coupled with extreme budgetary limitations. For the latter reason we were not commissioned to do the interior layout so there are possibilities to customize an arrangement to suit. Although drawn in 1993 this boat was finally launched in mid 2003. The owner has previously circumnavigated so without doubt this boat won’t stay put for very long.

Hull and deck construction are of steel for ultimate strength and safety. The multichine hull shape should present no undue problems for a homebuilder with a reasonably practical nature. Again I say this with some confidence as I built the 36′ version of this boat myself with no prior welding and metalwork experience. Construction will be simplified with the development of a CNC cutfile package for the internal framing and the shell plating although this has not yet been completed.

Brief Specifications:
LOA - 14.85m (48′ 8.5″)
LOD - 11.35m (37′ 3″)
DWL - 10.125m (31′ 8″)
Beam - 3.57m (11′ 4″)
Draught - 1.60m (5′ 9.5″)
Displacement - 11700kg (Full Load)
Power - 40 to 50 Hp
Sail Area - 87.4m ² (941 sq. feet)

After almost eight years of blood, sweat and tears the lady owner/builder of this classically-styled ketch was able to wheel in a low-bed trailer under the boat and move “Morwenna” to the slipway at Port Alfred in South Africa. Launching went smoothly and by June of 2003 the boat was awaiting her rig.

The attached pictures are testimony to the incredible effort and sacrifice which must be made by homebuilders who are holding down full time jobs whilst simultaneously realising a dream. Many backyard boatbuilding projects never seem to get finished but this one has finally been launched which is a credit to her owner.

Regrettably I have not yet seen the boat with her rig or under sail but will endeavour to keep the site updated with pictures from her travels.