Monday, December 27, 2010

Boats of Hout Bay Yacht Club (1)

Thanks to Roy for the pic.
Roy McBride is always very obliging in providing material for my ongoing "quest" to fill the club website. I had long thought to do a short series of articles on the various boats in our marina. This pic is of my own boat - a Flamenca 25 aptly called Quest. Flamencas were designed by the late great Oswald Berckemeyer, a german national that lived in SA and in fact Hout Bay for many years. Most were built by the Nebes (Fritz and Gerfried), also of Hout Bay - so truly a local boat. Their big sister (though a fraction younger) is the more famous Muira at 32'. Flamencas are amongst the best learner boats available and very easy to single-hand. They are stable and safe in Cape Waters, and easily capable of righting themselves from a full knockdown. With their relatively small size, they aren't the fastest boats around, but certainly great fun to sail. Most of the fleet lives in False Bay as it happens, but examples are found all over the country, and even a few across the ditch . . . Flamencas can be found from about R40-70k in good condition.