Tystie is For Sale

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  • 12 Dec 2021 00:05
    Message # 12186180

    After an enjoyable couple of years with Tystie, the opportunity to purchase Shoestring arose and I couldn’t resist. So, it’s time for Tystie to find a new skipper. She’s had a birthday over the past two years with new paint inside and on the decks. New sails, too. She’s ready for the southern summer and to voyage north next winter.

    Design: Junk-rig ketch with bilge boards. Glass over ply construction. Launched 2000.

    Designer: David Thomas

    Length: 10.5m

    Beam 3.25m

    Draft: 1.0m (slightly more with the boards down)

    Headroom: 1.75m

    Main mast: 13m above deck, alloy

    Mizzen: 7m above deck, alloy / timber hybrid

    Sails: Weathermax80 cloth, 7.5% camber, alloy yards, battens and booms. All new 2021

    Engine: Beta BD722 (Kubota) 19hp with Kiwiprop

    Tankage: 150L diesel and 150L water in internal glassed-in tanks. External lockers for extra jerry cans

    Electronics: Furuno GP-33 GPS, Furuno FI-503 sounder/log, RayMarine ST6000 autopilot, Maretec AIS transponder, Icom IC-M422 VHF, Iridium Go, EPIRB, 1500W and 600W inverters

    Batteries: 240A house, 100A engine, 100A windlass

    Charging: ZM4 smart charger on alternator, 200W and 100W solar panels

    Anchoring: Lofrans Tigress windlass (corroded housing but working well), Primary 20kg Rocna + 35m 8mm chain + 50m 16mm rode; Secondary 17kg Manson CQR + 20m 8mm chain + 80m 16mm rode; Third 10kg Rocna

    Galley: Maxie 2-burner meths stove, foot pumped fresh and salt water, Isotherm BI29 fridge

    Head: Composting style head, hot pressured shower in cockpit (engine heated)

    Other: Parachute anchor, drogue, self-steering windvane, davits, Bolger Nymph dinghy, Pfaff sewing machine, Dickinson diesel heater

    She is moored in Opua, New Zealand. Asking NZ$60,000.00

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  • 10 Feb 2022 05:58
    Reply # 12588864 on 12186180

    Maybe this is a good time to remind people that New Zealand is slowly opening its borders and that Tystie is still for sale.

    This well-proven yacht has sailed some 90,000 miles in the North and South Atlantic, and North and South Pacific Oceans.  You can read a lot about her in back issues of the JRA magazine.  She has had a lot of work done on her, including new sails, is fully equipped and ready to go voyaging once again.  You can see more about her here: https://www.trademe.co.nz/3467480533

  • 10 Feb 2022 15:58
    Reply # 12590104 on 12186180

    Wow . What a lovely ship!

  • 25 Jun 2022 09:33
    Reply # 12828510 on 12186180
    Anonymous wrote:

    After an enjoyable couple of years with Tystie, the opportunity to purchase Shoestring arose and I couldn’t resist. So, it’s time for Tystie to find a new skipper. She’s had a birthday over the past two years with new paint inside and on the decks. New sails, too. She’s ready for the southern summer and to voyage north next winter.

    How many berths does Tystie have?
  • 25 Jun 2022 10:01
    Reply # 12828512 on 12186180

    There's a rectangular double berth forward, with two settee/seaberths in the saloon.

  • 05 Jul 2022 06:38
    Reply # 12838189 on 12186180

    Thanks, David, for the reply to Robert's question.

    If news hasn't made it up north yet, New Zealand will fully open to foreign tourists from the end of July! So, it will soon be possible to fly down and start voyaging around the South Pacific again. (Things are slightly less crazy down here, too.)

    Hopefully, Tystie will resume her travels before long.

  • 09 Aug 2022 03:34
    Reply # 12877564 on 12186180
    With New Zealand finally having fully opened her borders, I suppose we have to anticipate that someone will come here to buy Tystie

    and sail her away.  It will be lovely to see her doing what she was designed for, but she will be sorely missed at our junkets.

    FanShiThat being so, it was great to see her at our most recent junket in the Bay of Islands.  Gordon had lent her to Paul for the event and she and Shoestring sailed down to Orongo Bay together.  The next day we had a 'race' to Te Puna Inlet.  Tystie proved to be the boat to beat and after a couple of miles, she was a dot on the horizon, from the cockpit of FanShi.  She looked very smart and was sailing really well.

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  • 09 Aug 2022 23:28
    Reply # 12878541 on 12186180
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When Gordon Gregg contacted me a couple of years ago, asking me to design a conventional JR for Tystie, I was very sceptical. The very hi-AR sails needed were well outside my frame of experience. However, I gave it a try.
    I started with seven-panel sails on both masts. These were based on the Johanna-style master sail with AR=2.25. This looked good enough for the mizzen. Then I just added another lower panel to the mainsail  -  and then Gordon added a 9th panel since the mainmast was so tall. I wondered how this would work, not least with respect to sheets, and I had my doubts, but Gordon appears to have pulled it off. I wish he would tell us what he used as standing and running control lines.
    From what Annie tells, Tystie sailed well will this rig.
    How well?


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  • 14 Aug 2022 12:13
    Reply # 12883157 on 12186180

    Hi Arne,

    I went for 9 panels in the mainsail in order to make best use of the material and not have to resort to shelf feet. I'm also happy to reef early, and Tystie responds well to reefing.

    I set up the mainsail for port & starboard double sheeting. The inaugural cruise with the new sail was with this configuration albeit with temporary deck fittings. I didn't find it sufficiently better to persevere and install permanent deck fittings as the sheets still seemed to get caught on batten ends on tacks and gybes. (I wasn't willing to shorten battens or re-cut the leech.) So, I went back to single sheeting with split upper & lower sheets for more control.

    I feel the new sail works better than the articulated batten configuration I inherited. The best indication is that she is able to tack with the bilge boards up in conditions where she previously missed tacks.

    The standing rigging on both sails are yard, throat and luff parrels. I played with Hong Kong parrels but didn't see enough benefit to rig them permanently. 

    I don't actually haul the throat parrels right in apart from light airs. With a decent breeze, she seems to skip along quite nicely even if I don't remove every crease. 

    The sail is made with Weathermax 80. Some have reported it to be difficult to sew, but I didn't have that experience.

    Finally, the manual you developed is excellent and easy to follow. Thank you.


  • 15 Aug 2022 04:17
    Reply # 12883668 on 12186180

    Hi Gordon,

    Could you maybe post some pictures that show the key elements of what you describe regarding the lines, blocks and sheeting arrangement?

    I hope someone takes over custodianship of Tystie soon and takes her on some new adventures far and wide.

    Love the sail material and colour choices. ;-)

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