Lock Crowther Biography

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by oldsailor7, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Sea Stallion
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    Sea Stallion Junior Member

    A boat has already been built from these plans. Just letting you know they won't pass into obscruity. They are part of the Texas Gulf Coast Multihull library.
     
  2. catsketcher
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    catsketcher Senior Member

    It wasn't David, Pat - he sold it and bought a Crowther 10. I don't know the name of the guy who he sold it to.

    Phil
     
  3. Buckster
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    Tempest 33

    My Crowther Tempest 33 has returned to the water at last. She has a new paint job below and above the waterline, and has shed approximately 1000 pounds of weight (it is shocking the crap that people will load on to their boats. Steel pipes? 100 pounds of charcoal?). I am amazed at how well this boat performs. We hit 12 knots on a close reach, and she came about through the wind as pretty as you could wish. This all happened with old sails, and a main rigged with a Dutchman. My next upgrade will be Kevlar sails.

    She may not be Lock Crowther's best work, but she is the best boat I have ever sailed.
     

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  4. cavalier mk2
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    cavalier mk2 Senior Member

    Nice boat, the amas look similar to a Nicol Islander though your main hull is more slender. Lifelines will reassure parents if you take people sailing. Post more views if you can.
     
  5. Pedigreecats
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    Just to add some info about the great designers plans.

    Crowther plans are still available from Stuart Bloomfield, he has the rights to them and we are currently building 2 of his designs. Stuart Bloomfield <info@bloomfieldinnovation.com>
     
  6. oldsailor7
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    oldsailor7 Senior Member

    Which two ????
     
  7. redreuben
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    Would the Bucc 28 plans be available from him ?
     
  8. Pedigreecats
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    Pedigreecats Junior Member

    Crowther plans

    You have his e-mail above, I do not know what all Bloomfield has access to. Whathe has done for us are both new designs as far as I know, the 65' Sport Fisher and the 75' Motor sailer and I know he has a new 50' power cat as well.

    Stuart@BloomfieldInnovation.com

    http://cat-plans.com
     
  9. oldsailor7
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    Just to put this matter to rest, I have just got off the phone from Brett Crowther.
    He said he is fully involved with his work at "Crowther-Incat" and has no further interest in the old Crowther sailboat plans. He said that if Stu Bloomfield has any of the old plans left he is welcome to sell them, as he (Brett) "Couldn't care less". There is no such entity as "Crowther Designs" and that phone number is in fact Crowther-Incats number.
    Stu , in his website says:-
    "We are exclusive agents for sales of Crowther Multihulls range of sailing design catamaran plans covering racing and cruising designs up to 60' and have access to the entire Crowther Multihulls intellectual property base on multihull sailing design."
    So perhaps you should ask Stu if he still has any of the old Crowther plans and is prepared to part with them.

    Meanwhile as far as Brett Crowther is concerned ALL of the old plan master copies have been permanently archived. :eek:
     
  10. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

    I'll have to have a chat to Stu next meeting and find out what he actually does have.
     
  11. brian eiland
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    Shame he should dismiss his father's memory in such a casual manner...I guess that's youth
     
  12. Gary Baigent
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    That is distressing ... and arrogant at the same time. Perhaps he thinks his new stuff is superior to his father's .... I don't think so.
     
  13. oldsailor7
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    oldsailor7 Senior Member

    Gary. Don't be too hard on Brett. It was not his decision.
    I don't know the whole story, and it's none of my business, but I understand there was some sort of liability case which resulted in the company being wound up and Crowther Pty Ltd was de-registered on 27th of July 2004.
    Brett susequently became a partner in Incat-Crowther.
     
  14. brian eiland
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    I also believe that he was always far more interested in the power vessels than the sailing ones
     

  15. Stephen Ditmore
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    Stephen Ditmore Senior Member

    Where sailboats are concerned it would appear Bloomfield is the inheritor of the Crowther legacy. A visit to http://www.bloomfieldinnovation.com/about.html is worthwhile.

    Another interesting Australian catamaran designer is Schionning: http://www.schionningdesigns.com.au

    In both sail and power there's not much question that Australia has been a leader in catamaran design (thanks, in great measure, to Lock Crowther). It seems a shame that as far as I know there is no Australian team challenging for the next America's Cup (in catamarans). Should such a team materialize I'd hope both Bloomfield and Schionning would be considered for the design team.
     
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