This is a fabulous boat, and built to perfection by Scott's brother Andy Webster, the quality of construction and finish being easily superior to most production boats. After spending over a year parked on its trailer in Bellingham, waiting for Scott to find the time for sailing, MAX Q was finally launched in June, and took its first sail on July 18th. Designer was then able to hitch a ride on July 22nd. for the maiden voyage from Bellingham to its future home in the San Juan Islands. Weather wasn't perfect, with low cloud and light variable winds but it was enough to show what the F-36 could do, with a top speed of over 10 knots still being reached.
MAX Q at the dock in Bellingham Marina - Scott Webster (on bow) and Rosalie Webster along
with builder Andy Webster at right .
Heading out from Bellingham Marina under jib and main
Looking aft, Bellingham Marina disappearing behind - weather a bit dull
Closeup of the bow and bow wing - with anchor mounted and ready to go
Weather is improving but winds are lightening and masthead screacher is now up. This is a non-standard sail
for the F-36, but with the San Juans and Puget Sound being a generally light wind area it can be a good idea.
Two additional stays are required to support masthead, which can be a nuisance on a trailerable, but this is not a
problem on the F-36 where the mast is seldom lowered. MAX Q also has the latest square top main,which
further improves light weather performance.
Looking forward when nearing Friday Harbor
Tied up in Friday Harbor , San Juan Island
Happy crew, designer Ian Farrier (left) and builder Andy Webster. Andy is a cabinet maker,which helps explain the
high built quality, and was assisted during most of the construction by his cousin Mark Webster.
Scott and Rosalie Webster now heading for permanent dock elsewhere on San Juan Island
MAX Q generally performed superbly on this trip and passed all tests. It easily caught a couple of monohulls to
weather, while usually maintaining an effortless 7 to 8 knots and pointing very high in relatively light winds. It tacked
very quickly, and actually seemed to maneuver equal to or better than an F-31/F-9A, which was a surprise for such a
larger boat. It sailed and tacked easily under main only, and was also able to do continuous 360 turns in the one spot
under main and jib, without touching sails.
Video taken during above trip is now on the Video Page
Interior and trailering photos are on the F-36 design page.