The first boat
built to Austral's design - named An Old
Captivity - was launched by
Chris and Penny Morton of Cabarita Beach, Australia
and launched in late 1998. After her maiden voyage Chris wrote
to me that "...she sails
beautifully,...tacking through 80 degrees,
picking up speed easily (even in light
airs), and leaving little wake."
In 2003 I joined Chris for a
delivery trip from Brsibane to Tasmania, and
was very impressed with her performance on
the 1100+ nautical mile voyage. The MKII
version incorporates some changes that were
made to the orginal design as a result of
that voyage. You can read more about An Old
Captivity in articles that have appeared in
Classic Boat, Water Craft and Australian
Amateur Boatbuilder (see
publications page for references).
options are offered for Austral: framed strip
planking, sheathed strip planking,
or three layers of veneer over a
strip-planked core. Plans include
complete details for either gaff
or Bermudan rig, and several
arrangement options (see below).
Old Captivity sailing
in Queensland, Australia
|29' - 6"
25' - 0"
10' - 0"
504 sq. ft.
and ordering information
sailplan with short
layout is shown