The Slocum Spray Society
Spray Ahoy! I am just writing to let you know that my brother and I have just taken over ownership of Arabella. Can you please update the Spray List to reference Justin & Ian Golding as the owners?
We are really looking forward to our new adventures with Arabella as part of the community of Spray owners.
Thanks & Regards, Justin firstname.lastname@example.org 24 June 2017
Spray Ahoy! I just wanted to update you on Miss Fiona. She was loaded yesterday in Ft Lauderdale on the HHL NEW YORK bound for Southampton. We will sail her to Anstruther starting mid-June. I'll keep you posted on the voyage and send some pictures for Spray Ahoy.
Henry Rupert 18/05/2017
Spray Ahoy! Currency lass will be cruising from Yamba to the NSW south coast January and February, we would like to meet with other spray owners or other similar vessels in our travels. Our email is email@example.com Kev Watkins. 03/01/2017
Spray Ahoy! Miss Fiona a Roberts 33 Spray commissioned in Jacksonville FL. 15 year weekend project. Wood/fiberglass. Will be shipped to the Southampton UK in May 2017 and home berthed at Anstruther, Scotland. Shakeout and coastal cruising in NE Florida until then. Henry Rupert. firstname.lastname@example.org 16/10/2016
Spray Ahoy! After 9 years we have launched our Spray. We purchased her unfinished. The previous owner Joseph Rhodes started her in the mid-seventies and sadly passed before his dream came to fruition. Please visit our page www.slocumsboat.blogspot.com Our Vessel is named Tuulen Tupa ( Finnish for "cottage of the Wind" ) Jim Combs email@example.com 19/07/2016
Congratulations Jim after a long 8 years. She looks great - Capt'n Josh would be very pleased. Geoff
Hi. I just found your website and was pleasantly pleased with all the wonderful info. I have an update on "Thane of Victoria". She was built by Len Pearson. Owned and operated now by Rob McCallum. Here are a 4 photos of Thane and one of us after winning The Peter London Memorial Award at the 2014 Victoria Classic Boat Festival for Best Work Boat in the show. Hope this helps, I am happy to have found your site and plan to visit often. Rob Mc Cullum firstname.lastname@example.org 24/6/2106
Spray Ahoy! Hello and what a great site you have.... been looking through all the Sprays, I feel I must update one that is listed...
Spray Ahoy! Hi, I just checked out the web site and note that the Roberts Spray “Toorbul Spray” we own is listed.
It has had several owners and we purchased the vessel in 2011. She was launched in August 2000, built at Toorbul, Brisbane by the owner of a steel prawn trawler business who cruised the Barrier Reef for two years.
It is now moored at Keppel Bay Marina, Central Queensland and use it for family trips to the Keppels and short trips North and South. We love our Spray and the general comment from friends, some of whom run charters, is “roomy”. They are also impressed with the seaworthy hull lines.
Although it is listed with the site as a 36’ vessel, I believe it to be a Spray 38 which has been lengthened by 2’. It is 42ft from bowspit (short steel version) to transom, not counting the davits and duckboard. Beam is 13ft measured. Displacement, loaded for cruising with 1000L of water and 700L of diesel is just on 16 tonne on the travel lift. It has had a full 2 pack system repaint, some modifications and is in very good condition. I am about to remove the davit/radar support system and replace with stainless supports as is the source of about 90% of the rust, the rest being general wear and tear.
Regards, Les and Mary Unwin. unwinl
Spray Ahoy! Hi, I would like to register my yacht Donegal Breeze a home
built spray 33 built in steel and cutter rigged she is moored in Cork Ireland
but was built in Muscat in Oman and sailed the Dubai Muscat yacht race in 2002
and crossed the Indian Ocean and back in 2003 from Muscat to Goa and back….
P. Mc Dermott
Spray Ahoy! Hi Geoff I am a recent owner of one of your
registered sprays Tookawhile from Perth Western Australia. My name for the
record is Mark Malone and Tookawhile is located in Hilary's Yacht Club at the
present time and has been partially refurbished below decks.
Regards Mark. email@example.com 29/11/2015
Spray Ahoy! Hello I noticed your "Spray" register. We have a 62'6"model
named "Alexander Stewart". I was just out sailing today.
We run public sails every Sunday afternoon.
Spray Ahoy! Thanks for keeping the torch lit, Geoff.
Spray Ahoy! Hi thanks for informative and enjoyable site .Truant now owns Mark Farnaby and is moored in Bellerive Tasmania.
Spray Ahoy!Hello Geoff!
Spray Ahoy! As journalist and writer, I am looking for owners of replicas of
the original Spray sailing in Europe. My motivation: I plan to write a biography
of Joshua Slocum and I need in that purpose to visit such a replica and also
making interview with the owner of the boat to make me an opinion on life on
If you have any information for me, please contact me by e mail. I am sorry for my horrific english, please excuse me for that. Best regards.
Spray Ahoy! Hello everyone,
Would like to notify you that Rita steel 38 ft ketch rigged, is for sale lying Sines, Portugal if anyone is interested in buying a Spray.
She is advertised on apploduck and preloved. http://www.apolloduck.co.uk/display.phtml?aid=417871 Regards Bert Warnock firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Sept 2015
Spray Ahoy! Geoff Barreau
Spray Ahoy! As the builder of the vessel "Baudin" I am trying to find
out who is the current owner and where it is now. Hope you can help
From Judelle Burrows judelleburrows
Spray Ahoy. Hi. Just a note to say that I have bought Kajupa You should record the owners as Rodger Kerr-Newell and Kate Roberts.
Tel 08 9168 6007 | Mob 0439 622 291 email@example.com
Spray ahoy. We would like to advise all that Nicole and Kev Watkins are the
new owners of Currency Lass 33ft gaff ketch, she is moored in the Clarence
River (New South Wales, Australia). We've replaced the standing rig, a few more
little jobs and we will be ready to cruise. Speaking of cruising today we meet
Gordon (Koch) from Harmony ( another 33fter and a lovely ship ) they are heading
north, lucky buggers !
Hi My husband and I own a Spray replica called Spray II, build in
1976 by my father at Aarøsund Baadebyggeri in Denmark. It's 36 feet and build
out of oak. She's a wonderfull boat to sail. Our Spray is not on the list,
and a fairly precise replica as you ca see at the foto taken at the rumregatta
in Flensburg, Germany a few days ago. Med venlig hilsen
Julie Heebøll Clausen Åbyvej 50 8230 Åbyhøj Denmark julieheeboell
Spray Ahoy! Graham Wright attached photo is of a steel spray 38 that he and his wife are currently building in New Zealand. firstname.lastname@example.org Can't wait until the launch. Good luck Graham. 06/02/15 See photo here
Spray Ahoy! Walter Flanagan has emailed to say that Pacific Spray is now his. Details: Bruce Roberts Spray CS38. Junk Rigged schooner. 20 Tonnes gross. Round bilge steel. NZ registered ('B' register). Currently lying Whangarei, NZ. email@example.com Thanks Walter. Fair winds. 06/02/15
Spray Ahoy! Andre Vanhoof of Belgium has sent photos and details of his very nice Spray 40 "Plus Bleu", first launched 2003. Thanks Dre.
Spray Ahoy! Hello, we are currently cruising in the "Roberts Spray"
Galatea ii. We would like to be kept in any Spray loop that may exist. If
assistance is required to keep things happening please don't hesitate to call on
us. Galatea is moored at Russell Island - Moreton Bay when we are home. All
sprays (or other sad people) welcome to relax at home if required.
Kindest regards, Patricia and Anthony McCracken 4090 464 263 tonymccracken04
Spray Ahoy! Jon Faulkner has sent in a photo of his Spray 40 Shamrock. Oh, but she's a grand pretty boat - to be sure. Thanks Jon.
She's undergoing extensive refurbishment. firstname.lastname@example.org 14/01/2015
Spray Ahoy! Hi. I am not sure whether the spray register is still current but I now own the vessel previously known as Marquise, she is moored in Bermagui NSW now and has been re-named Kimada J. We have enjoyed a Bass Strait crossing in early 2013 and she carries many of our friends on day trips from our sleepy location. Please respond if the register is still being updated. Regards, Michael Jubb 14/11/2014
Spray Ahoy! Hi Geoff Well done on maintaining the Slocum Spray site. I am not feeling in any way confused about my recent decision to buy a Spray with the intention of sailing in NW Australia and later to the Pacific, however I would be pleased if you pointed me to any useful material about the best fit out for blue-water sailing in Sprays. The vessel I have bought is Kajupa. Rodger Kerr-Newell email@example.com Ph. 08 9168 6007 11/11/2014
Hi Rodger. Congratulations on your purchase of Kajupa. She looks great. As for fitting out for blue-water - it's a personal choice. I note that she has been cruising the Kimberley coast for the last 20 years, so she is set up for remote area cruising already. So do some cruising around the Kimberly and decide what you might need. Speak to Peter O'Dwyer, the previous owner, for advice as well, if possible. Being steel, she will need constant vigilance and attention to any rust areas (I know, I had a steel Spray 40). I'd check that the chain locker is lined with a waterproof buffer between the chain and the hull - one area that will rust out if the wet chain knocks paint off bare steel. Check behind lockers and under the floor for tell-tale rust stains - water often pools along stringers. Hope you get out there and enjoy. Cheers, Geoff.
Spray Ahoy! Hi, Good to see that your website is alive and
I had a link to Ken Slack's website where he offered copies of Slocum Spray plans ... at www.sprayplans.com It seems that that whole internet domain no longer exists. He had an email Email to: Kendal Slack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the domain seems inactive I expect that the email is also inactive. As you probably know Kenneth Slack authored - In the Wake of the Spray - which was published in USA in 1966 and again in 1981. I think his son Kendal Slack was selling the plans.
Do you have any contact information for Ken Slack or his son? At the time of last contact he lived in Australia.
Gerard Mittelstaedt McAllen, Texas USA- - email@example.com 11/11/2014
Thanks for the e-mail Gerard. I too have wondered what happened to sprayplans.com - they seemed to just disappear and I tried all avenues to contact Kendal and anyone from the family, to no avail. Does anyone know anything to help Gerard - and me? I will publish any useful information for the Spray community. Geoff
Spray Ahoy! Regarding Iduna III, she is still with me since 1997 & a solid platform for diving & long haul cruising ( subject to pirates) based in the Sultanate of Oman.
Spray Ahoy! Thank you Henry Rupert who sent me information on the wooden Spray 33, Miss Fiona II, that he is building in Florida. Henry has asked for advice of any sort from people who have built a wood boat, as he has taken over the project from his dad who has health problems. See the photos and history here Miss Fiona II firstname.lastname@example.org
Spray Ahoy! Hi Geoff, This is Kev Lombard on St George. We have a new email. email@example.com. Thanks, Kev 20 June 2014
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Georges Leduc who sent a photo of his Spray 22 "MirRicLea" which he built in aluminium. Its named after his 3 children Miranda , Richard and Leanne . Its a Bruce Roberts design, all aluminium. "I sail her on the Ottawa River in Ontario Canada . My wife and I are the owners Elaine and Georges Leduc. A good little stable boat." Photo taken on a vacation trip in Canada. Thanks for sending the photo Georges. firstname.lastname@example.org 27 May 2014
Spray Ahoy! Would you kindly update the ownership of "Salibo".
Formerly owned by Robert Holt of Mount Gravatt in Queensland Australia. I
purchased her in 2003 and she is currently berthed at Port Owen on the Cape West
Coast, South Africa.
My contact details are as follows:
PO Box 696, St Helena Bay, 7390, South Africa.
Telephone +27 (0) 82 749 3664,
Hi Ian. Spray owners might like to know that Salibo is a famous Spray. In a horrible Indian Ocean storm, the lady crew was badly injured and had to be rescued by a ship. Her husband, the other crew, was forced to abandon the Spray despite him saying he was prepared to remain onboard. Several months later Salibo, after drifting all that time, was towed in the Seychelles by the Seychelles navy (sic) and the owners were reunited with a boat that, despite having a hole in the deck where the bowsprit was pulled out as the forestay caught on the rescue ship, and water getting in from wave and rain, was still dry inside and floating on her lines. The owner had turned off all cocks, including the engine cock, and the solar panels kept the batteries topped up and the bilge pumps working. The boat was a mess, but the owners got her going and sailed her to South Africa for proper repairs. It seems that is where she stayed. Geoff
Spray Ahoy! Hi, I have just found the Spray site, very nice. We have also built a Spray. In 1985 we started from scratch and in 2000 we launched it, almost empty and in 2003 it was ready to sail but in no way complete. We built her in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2009 we have been living on board and sailing Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. For the winter we are staying in Turkey.
The boat is a Bruce Roberts Spray 40 design but it became 42 feet in the building process. It is steel with a staysail schooner rig.
Hi Ulla and Lennart. Your Spray looks great. A very unusual rig for a Spray. Can you tell us how she sails, please.
How she sails.
We wanted a boat with two masts to make the handling easier. The reason for choosing a scooner rig is that we like the look.
Upwind she is not very happy as most Sprays I suppose. Anything else is very good. The staysail between the masts is important, it makes big difference.
She is very well balanced and sails easily without anyone at the helm.
As there is more sailarea aft we have also increased the keel aft. The drawback is that she is sensitive on the helm when just using the engine but turns easily in harbours.
All the best
Lennart on Pinta in Finike, Turkey
Spray Ahoy! Bill Dix. Bill has owned Ishtar since October 2009. Currently she is docked in Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA. You can contact Bill on 715 965 2919 cell or 1 800 222 2995 office WDix@weathershield.com
Spray Ahoy! Robert Tracy owns Mabel, a steel 28 foot Spray. I found Bob working on Mabel on the hard in Rhodes, Greece. Great location. email@example.com
Spray Ahoy! Blair Gardner has just purchased "Spray", the first Bruce Roberts designed and built Spray. She is still registered in Australia (and Queensland), and currently moored at Scarborough, Moreton Bay, Queensland. Contact Blair at PO Box 473, Temora NSW 2666 Australia. Phone 0428 776 918 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spray Ahoy! Fred Hermsdorf and his Spray "Loise" - renamed from Walpurga. Lying Castletown, Isle of Man. email@example.com Welcome Fred. We hope you enjoy your Spray. 15 July 2013
Ahoy! To the Hollander who sent me an e-mail about a boat in his harbour? Please resend, because your e-mail went into my Spam folder, and I only saw the e-mail header before it was deleted. I am sorry, and hope to hear from you again soon. 12 July 2013
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Michael O'Donnell, new owner of "Spindrift V", 32' steel yawl. Michael lives at Steiglitz, Queensland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Spray Ahoy! Robert Chappell. Robert is the new owner of Sea Legend - P.O. Box 102 Williamstown, Victoria 3016. Australia
Mobile 0402 042 295. Robert Chappell email@example.com
Hi Robert. Nice boat. It has a great history. If you want more info, just e-mail me. Cheers, Geoff
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Luc and Debbie aboard "Plucky
Lady", 33' steel gaff cutter . Luc informed me that the boat photo in the Spray
List was not his boat and sent me some photos. She was launched in 1995.
"Don't know exactly, but we sailed something like 45000 miles with her. During
one of our four Atlantic ocean crossings we experienced more than 50 kts of
wind, so I think that I can say that she's safe, seaworthy and comfortable.
At the moment she's moored in the south of Spain and we’re planning to sail her
to Brazil later this year. So yes, the Spray is a great boat for extensive
Thanks Luc and Debbie for the update - sorry about the mix-up. Fair winds for your voyage to Brazil.
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Mike Evans firstname.lastname@example.org re "Santamaria", in register, built 1990 in Austria. GRP cutter rigged. Spent 21 years cruising Black Sea and Med. Photo (in Spray list) taken in Alcudia, Majorca approx 2008. Now sailing out of Swansea S Wales and ready to cruise UK and Irish west coasts. Owner past 12 years Mike Evans. Nice Spray, Mike. Thanks for the update. 16/02/13
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Joseph Maseland
who is the owner of Spray 33 "Munjon", lying in Kilifi, Kenya. Lovely to
hear from you Jopseph. "Munjon" was sailed from Perth, Australia, to South
Africa several years ago. joseph.maseland
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Wayne and Miriam Carter from Fremantle, Western Australia with Spray "Ezzie". Spray 36, steel, aft cockpit (was "Fly" - good name-change). See photo album page. They can be contacted at email@example.com.
Spray Ahoy! Nick Dwyer - Spray 40 ketch "Val". Hi Nick - enjoyed your web page www.nickdwyer.com Photo on Album page.
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Chris Oosterlinck from Belgium who has just launched a steel Spray 340 (a pre-cut kit?). His Spray is called "Liris". firstname.lastname@example.org
Spray Ahoy! Hi to Peter Climas. - boat "Elita" Spray 33 steel.
My Spray was built from plans purchased from Bruce Roberts International in or around 1998. Work commenced soon after and continued (slowly) until 9th September 2009 when she was launched at Melbourne Maritime Services. There is an article in your Spray magazine I sent in when I was a member with the Slocum SpraY Society describing her beginnings. She is currently penned at Royal Geelong Yacht Club where I am a member. I am currently planning forays out into Bass Strait and intend to cruise to Deal Island this year with Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club where I am also a member. The vessel’s name is ELITA and she is cutter rigged. The owner is Peter Climas (me) and she is under AU flag. I am extremely happy with the design and have had some very enjoyable sails in her. I am impressed with her roominess and her stability under a stiff breeze.
Yours Peter Climas Ph 03 54283605 (Australia)
Carlos Fernandez, email@example.com has recently bought Joshua S, the well known timber Spray 40 on Lake Macquarie. Carlos is looking for advice on moving Josh to Queensland where he intends to do a major refit.
Spray Ahoy! Gunnar Eriksson, Spray 36 "Kahiba" firstname.lastname@example.org
We left Brisbane for our
circumnavigation April 2004 and are now in Curacao in the Caribbean. All
going well we should be back in Brisbane in October next year. Kahiba has
generally behaved very well except for the constant battle to keep the rust
Anyone interested in our voyage can look at www.flickr.com/photos/kahiba and our position can be seen at www.winlink.org/userpositions
Gunnar and Eva
Spray Ahoy! Piotr &
Grazyna Kludka, email@example.com,
recently purchased the Spray 40 "Polonium" (ex-MACIEJKA (Yacht was build in
1997) My name is Piotr Kludka, I am from Poland. Since Dec 2011 I’ve
Spray: 46’steel ketch, it’s name: Polonium. I bought this yacht in Florida
and in August this year sailed to Poland.
See Piotr's website: www.facebook.com/sypolonium
Spray Ahoy! Christopher Bell firstname.lastname@example.org See the Historical Stuff page. Lucky Christopher owns a genuine signed copy of Joshua and the Spray. But he needs help with a few details.
Spray Ahoy! Graeme Burke email@example.com - Hi, Just to notify you that I have just bought "Corsaire" (Steel 36' version C) from Jean-Claude Rochecouste and will be doing a quick fit at the Fremantle Sailing Club, then moving down to Mandurah where I'll be doing a major refit before cruising to Asia and Europe. Thanks.
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