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    Default Twister 28

    Does anyone have any information about these boats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor d View Post
    Does anyone have any information about these boats?
    Yes - I have owned one for 12 years and I am entirely happy with her. What would you like to know?

    Excellent seaboats, attractive looks, strongly built. People tend to keep them a long time.

    There is a very good owners' association [the association is very good, I mean - I don't know about the owners]

    www.twister.org.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsifal View Post
    Yes - I have owned one for 12 years and I am entirely happy with her. What would you like to know?

    Excellent seaboats, attractive looks, strongly built. People tend to keep them a long time.

    There is a very good owners' association [the association is very good, I mean - I don't know about the owners]

    www.twister.org.uk
    Thanks. I agree very pretty boats. I saw one in Mylor last week and then found one on the hard to have a look at the keel. Are they manageable short handed or even single handed. They look as though they might be a bit tricky astern and in tight marinas but probably good in a sea. what is the sailing like? Are they easy to handle? And downsides? Had a look on the org website, thanks for the link.

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    Well, you've come to the right place.

    Twister - undoubtedly the best yacht ever built, in my unbiased opinion.

    Picture coming of keel - proper job, encapsulated, 2 tons of lead, nothing to fall off. Close to a 50% ballast ratio, not worth calculating the STIX, it'll be higher than almost anything else built in the last 30 years.



    (taken just after xx years of antifoul had been blasted off, which explains the strange looking boot topping.)

    Eminently manageable shorthanded - usually just me and Madame, and good for singlehanders. Myles Smeaton sailed one singlehanded to NZ, then did a pacific circuit on his own. My s/h voyages have been somewhat less ambitious. The rig is small and loads are low, so not too much muscle is required. I often refer to them as one-handed boats, coz you only need one hand to do most things.

    Astern? A certain amount of sangfroid is required, but they are so manoueverable in other ways that there are elegant workarounds for most problems.

    Yes, easy to handle.

    Downsides? Space below - comfortable for two good friends, but you won't want to take a rugby team sailing. Cockpit OK for three, marginal for four. They come in three varieties; all wood, GRP hull and deck with wooden coachroof (composite) and all GRP. Composite boats sometimes develop leaks between deck and coachroof, though most will have been sorted with epoxy by now. Designed before gas was commonplace on boats, so some strange and possibly unsafe gas lockers around, but this is soluble. Ask me how. Don't expect mod cons like holding tanks, showers or hot water. Some boats have been updated to include these things, others haven't.

    Another good point - a very well stayed rig. They don't fall over.
    Last edited by Twister_Ken; 21-09-09 at 11:42.
    Next time, it'll all be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor d View Post
    Thanks. I agree very pretty boats. I saw one in Mylor last week and then found one on the hard to have a look at the keel. Are they manageable short handed or even single handed. They look as though they might be a bit tricky astern and in tight marinas but probably good in a sea. what is the sailing like? Are they easy to handle? And downsides? Had a look on the org website, thanks for the link.
    There were 3 versions;-

    - All wood
    - Grp hull/deck with timber coachroof and cockpit [known as composite construction or wooden-tops]
    - All grp.

    The grp hulls were moulded by Tylers and have encapsulated keels. Most Twisters were built by Uphams of Brixham.

    Many owners sail single-handed and some very long voyages have been made. There's no problem handling them under sail but astern manouvering is 'interesting'. However the low insurance premiums suggest people manage to get round the problem without creating too much havoc.

    Downside with the wooden-tops is rot in the coachroof/ cockpit due to rainwater. Not too difficult to repair yourself but expensive to get done professionally. Also water getting into the hollow rudder [grp types], but many owners don't seem to worry too much about that. Can't think of anything else that has caused me major problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister_Ken View Post
    Well, you've come to the right place.


    As one owner is fond of saying: "Not a bad line in them". Which is a compliment to the designer - Kim Holman

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    I have nothing useful to add to the OP, but just thought I'd add that they are one of the most attractive boats around, IMHO.

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    Many years ago I saw for sale a 30ft version called Shaker. Would this have been a one-off or were many of these made? It strikes me that a couple of extra feet would not go amiss for interior accommodation. Twisters are boats that I have always admired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsifal View Post
    As one owner is fond of saying: "Not a bad line in them". Which is a compliment to the designer - Kim Holman
    Kim Designed some very nice boats & one or 2 nice IOR designs as well
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    Fantasia,

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    Next time, it'll all be different.

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