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This is the story of a small yacht designed in the 1930's, and  the creation of its spiritual successor in Melbourne, Australia, 70 years later. The small yacht was the Acorn Sloop, its successor is "Spirit of Acorn".

The project started with good friend, Rob Cook, giving me his collection of Wooden Boat magazines. As I  looked through the old magazines, I had my eye open for my next building project, a special type of yacht, a small keel boat that was capable of single handing, ocean going, and "looked right". A yacht to appeal to the soul, not the ego.

When I turned to the article in Issue 30, published in 1977, I was hooked. Not only did the article cover a small yacht with all the right attributes, but the author's experiences with a string  of yachts struck a chord with me. So start by reading The Story, which has been reproduced with the kind permission of the author, Bob Andrews. The colour photos are also Bob's, but were not part of the original article.

You'll also find details of the Research behind the Spirit of Acorn Project, Design considerations, and Building progress. If you have any queries, or comments, send me an email. Spirit of Acorn was launched in December 2009, in now located at Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes system.                
Paul Stuart
Melbourne and Raymond Island, Victoria Australia

     Length 6.1m   Beam 1.8m   Waterline 4.75m
     Draft 1.2m  Keel 600kg
     Sail Area 20.08 sqm (main + 100% fore)
     Weight in sailing trim 1340kg

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Sailing between Paynesville and Raymond Island
21st April 2015 (video Rob Cook). Approximately 4.8 knots.

Note change in registration, now Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club.