A lot is happening in the Kiribati 36 class!
Hull number 2 of the series is already sailing, and judging by the owner’s comments bringing a lot of satisfaction to the owner, Mr. Jone Martins, from Porto Alegre, Brazil.
J-One, Jone’s Kiribati 36, left the Guaiba River, in Porto Alegre, and sailed across Lagoa dos Patos, reaching the city of Rio Grande in March, and then waiting for a good weather window to have its salt water first trial, which was the passage from Rio Grande to Florianopolis, one of the most stormy and treacherous seas in the Atlantic South American coast, surely the most difficult passage in the Brazilian coast.
This was Jone’s own comment, extracted from his Facebook page, and translated from the Portuguese:
“Second leg accomplished. Rio Grande to Porto Belo.396 NM in 63 hours. J One is showing what it can do! Heavy to very heavy seas, 3.5 meter waves and gusts over 40 knots. All passage sailed with two reefs in the main and part with genoa and other portions with the staysail. Very good response from the autopilot and never close to broaching. The offshore sea trial could not have been better! Thanks to my invited crew, Gigante ( SY Entre Polos), Nilson (SY Recantus) and Robert ( SY Nomad). The food prepared by Gigante was grade 10.
The salt water baptism could not have been better.
Now I will rest and enjoy Porto Belo for a while before continuing North along the Brazilian coast”
Now Jone is cruising slowly along the coast, visiting many small towns and bays in the South Brazilian coast, including some very shallow areas, which the Kiribati 36 can do so well.
Jone is retracing in some points the trip of Joshua Slocum along the same coast, and enjoying very much the adventure, now reaping the fruits from his commitment to build his own dream boat.
Hull number 3 of the class also evolved a lot, and the owner and builder sent me new photos this week.
This hull is already from the MK2 version of the design, with cabin a little more streamlined and the hard dodger included in the CNC kit. The pictures show a very well made hull and superstructure, and the owner wrote us praising the looks and the completeness of the CNC kit.
Hull number one, the Kiribati 36 Green Nomad, is still in Trinidad, in the hard stand, in the first long maintenance of her life, caused mainly by the need to replace the flexible bladder type water tanks, installed from the beginning and that failed one by one. We now installed rigid plastic tanks, and in order to do that a lot of the saloon had to be rebuilt. The design has water tanks integral to the hull, but Green Nomad was the prototype of the series, and many details and improvements were added at a later stage, many resulting from field experience on Green Nomad.
With 2 boats already sailing and a third nearing the end of the metal work phase, the Kiribati 36 class promises to make a beautiful career.