The Kiribati 36 Green Nomad is for sale and that creates the opportunity for me to put in practice some new ideas if I manage to create the conditions to build another boat from scratch in the future.
Meanwhile I am going to live aboard a lovely old boat, a Cape Dory 28, designed by Carl Alberg, a Swedish designer that lived and worked in the USA. My new boat was built in 1975, and it sure has been keeping me busy with repairs. On the good side, I am learning how to work with fiberglass, and plan to put that learning to work in some future designs.
When the main repairs are finished I plan to sail from Florida to Panamá and the Pacific Ocean with Tamata, the new boat´s name. For those who do not know, Tamata was the name of the last boat from Bernard Moitessier. Tamata means “You Can” in the Tahitian version of Polynesian.
If budget was not an issue I would probably stay with the Kiribati 36, but as that is not the case I decided to search for a new solution that will still give me most of the features I had with Green Nomad and yet be cheaper to build and keep.
That led me to the new Kiribati 31, a work in progress but with the main features already decided.
We can say that the Kiribati 31 takes elements from all previous designs I created or managed with B&G Yacht Design. It has the simplicity of the Kiribati 36, the twin keels of the Pop Alu 32 and 28, but not with bulbs, being more conventional ballasted keels and the same extra strong aluminium construction of these and the Multichine 41 SK.
The main numbers for this design are ( small changes are still possible, as it is a work in progress):
B Max: 3.22m
Draft (Twin Keels): 1.20m
Displacement: 5000 Kg
Sail Area: 39.60m²
The Kiribati 31 has the same cockpit design of the Kiribati 36, including the 45 degree angled companionway watertight hatch.
This design did not make many concessions to market trends, and it represents my views on a practical boat. Form derives from function and performance. For example the pilot house sides are vertical, as they allow less sun to shine into the cabin and also to extend the cabin further forward.
For my own boat, if I manage to build one, I am opting for a twin electric outboard engine configuration.
The keels are of conventional design, set at a 12 degree angle from the vertical. The rudder is a single external rudder with a skeg and very robust. A provision for a Windpilot Pacific Wind Vane self-steering is incorporated in the design.
The interior is very simple, with a single cabin forward and a raised sitting area to starboard, which also doubles as navigation area and office. When seated here one is able to look out through the pilot house windows. The galley is opposite to this sitting area, and a toiled is located aft of the galley.
For now this is a totally personalized solution. When a commercial version comes, I plan to also design a more conventional interior, with an aft berth and normal saloon configuration with all the floor in one level.
If there are interested builders I may hurry up to complete the design before I am away on Tamata, otherwise I plan to do this somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
For now I am quite busy rebuilding Tamata and helping my nephew Marco and his girlfriend Ana to rebuild their Valiant 32 “Infinito”. Check out Porject:Infinito, their website.
In fact Tamata was the original “Infinito”. Marco gave me his first boat when he got the Valiant 32. Good as I was not boatless for long!