Geoff Taylor now owns the F-27 AQUATEC, which won the Australian Multihull Offshore Championships in 1990, and was the first ever trailerable multihull to do this. Geoff writes:
Here she is - "Aquatec" - still doing great service and enthralling all who sail on her. She now sports a distinctive "bubble" cabin roof giving standing headroom in the cabin, which has made her ideal for cruising. She also now has a rotating mast.
The pictures show her at Rottnest Island, cruising the waters of Shark Bay, and under spinnaker in Geographe Bay.
For 10 years I sailed the Tramp, "Tribeaut' one of only two in Western Australia. She was a wonderful boat for exploring the Ningaloo Reef, and a great platform for filming wildlife, whales, dugongs and whale sharks. "Tribeaut" is now owned by a retired Italian who also has an F-24 in Italy. She now resides in Shark Bay and is sailed for 3-4 months every year, and still spends many hours on the water in the company of dugongs and dolphins.
"Aquatec" spends the summer months on a mooring in Geographe Bay. There are so many superlatives - so effortless to sail, so well balanced, and still thrilling everyone with speeds of 10 to 15 knots under standard rig off the wind. Last year we cruised Shark Bay and the shallow draft allowed us to sneak into lagoons and bays that no Monohull would dare approach. It also allowed us to venture over the sea-grass banks photographing the elusive dugongs.
Racing has been limited to Twilight sails with our main objective being to beat a Schionning 35 footer. With the evening winds on Geographe Bay often hitting 25 knots this has produced some exciting racing.