Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Schock Wave Hitting Japan

At the time that I was ordering Bluesette last year, her builder, W.D. Schock Corp., was looking for a company in Japan to represent them in marketing their Harbor 20 and Harbor 25 sailboats. U.S. Yachts and Customs Inc. , in Fukuoka, western Japan, is now that broker.

The latest exciting news is that a Harbor 25 has been purchased and is on its way to Japan! The Harbor 25 is a daysailer designed by Steven Schock to be easy and comfortable to sail, yet fast, fun and competitive - and of course built for lasting quality.

The Harbor 25 has a self-tacking jib and lazy jacks for the main. It is also equipped with an inboard engine, a head compartment (toilet for you land lubbers) for full-sized people, and bunks for naps and overnight cruising.

The self-bailing cockpit of the Harbor 25 is eight feet in length and comfortably seats six adults. The Harbor 25 has the same sail control systems as the Harbor 20 – the halyards are internal, and they are lead aft to the cockpit for easy sail adjustments. The engine is a Yanmar (a Japanese company which has been around for nearly a century) diesel with a saildrive. It is a 2 cylinder 4 stroke engine.

For a review of the boat check this out: Mad Mariner

Japan is a long way from California, so how to get it here? Shipping Bluessette required a lot of preparation work (see my earlier post: Das Boot!), but putting the trailer and boat into a container was not too tricky.

But, how would you get one of these (don't forget the 1900 lb keel)...

into one of these...?

Your basic B-flat 40' shipping container.

As Rocky would say, "Hokey Smoke, Bullwinkle!"

To do it, they built a custom cradle for the hull, tilting the boat 45 degrees. A second cradle held the rudder and keel, which will be attached upon arrival. Pukas (holes) in the boat cradle hold the mast.

e voilà!

The cradles are strapped in to keep everything from shifting.

So, now there will be two WD Schock boats in Japan, with many more to come I hope.

Of course the Harbor 25 is literally an order of magnitude above our humble Lido 14, both in terms of my sailing abilities and more especially my bank account, but it is in a way a big cousin of Bluesette. And little Bluesette will always have the distinction of being the first WD Schock sailboat in Japan.

You can read more about it on the WD Schock website (from which I borrowed heavily for this post) here: WD Schock News

Until next, sweet sailing.

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