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Limited Edition Rongo Box Set (Building Plans)

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Presentation box contents:
  • Rongo self-build boat plans
  • History of Rongo Photo book, 58 pages
  • Booklet of historical articles about Rongo's voyages
  • Signed copy of 'Two Girls, Two Catamarans'

60 years ago in 1959, the 40ft catamaran Rongo arrived in North Wales after crossing the North Atlantic. Rongo was the first catamaran to have made this difficult voyage, sailed by James Wharram and his two German women companions. In the 1950s catamarans had not yet been acknowledged as viable seagoing sailing vessels and James pioneered their concept and proved their inherent seaworthiness with his Atlantic voyages.

To celebrate the first epic Atlantic crossing of Rongo we are reprinting the original Building Plans of this design, beautifully drawn by Jutta in 1960. These come in a presentation box-set including a photo book of the history of Rongo, and the story of her further Atlantic voyages in 1960-61, plus a signed copy of James’ book about his pioneering voyages 'Two Girls Two Catamarans'.

These Building Plans can be used to build a model or a full size replica of this famous design. The presentation pack comes in numbered editions, maximum 60, for each of the 60 years since her first West-to-East Atlantic voyage.

What's inside the box set.
Rongo Design Data
Overall Length: 40' 12.19 m
Waterline Length: 33' 10.05 m
Overall Beam: 18' 5.48 m
Beam of each hull: 5' 3" 1.60 m
Draft: 2' 0.60 m
Headroom: 5' 8" 1.72 m
Sleeping capacity: Two double bunks, 3 single bunks
Sail area: 750 sqft 69.67 sqm
Rongo drawing
Rongo under construction
Price: £225.00