I made a quick trip to Brazil and managed to stop by for a visit to Ilha Sul Construções Náuticas boatyard, in Porto Alegre.
At the moment they are finishing the aluminum work for a brand new Multicihine 41 SK with a twin rudder configuration, for which I modeled the new rudders during my stay in French Guyana.
It is always nice to go and see in the real world what you created inside your head using a computer. I was pleased to see the outcome and also the superb quality of workmanship from the boatyard.
Then I was invited to see the newest unit of the Kiribati 36 in São Paulo, which has also its aluminum metal work nearly completed. I was met there by Mr. Francimar, who is himself building an aluminum Multichine 36 at his backyard, doing all the work himself. His boat, already named D’Artagnan, has inspired many self builder to overcome the initial inertia and start their own projects.
And to wrap up the Brazil trip, I learned that the first Pop Alu 32 had successfully finished her maiden open Ocean trip, from Rio Grande, at the Southernmost tip of Brazil, to a bay near Rio de Janeiro, and by doing so without incidents or breakages, attested to the good sea qualities of the design as well as to the fine construction of Ilha Sul.
The crew reported speeds in the 8 knot range with stern quarter winds and very good stability with beam seas.
Her owner was pleased and now can enjoy the boat near his home area.