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Endorsements - The Weta Trimaran

Got the Weta out for the 1st time in some decent breeze today. Now I really want to move to SF Bay because this boat loves 18 knots of breeze! You guys at RYC need to keep an extra fleet boat for me when I come to visit!! Coming from big monohulls, this was the most effortless sailing in the mid teens I have ever done. Hell, I didn't even feel the need to slide fully out on the tramp, let alone have to break a sweat to get the boat going. You'd also have to be completely clueless to get into any trouble. In the biggest puff, I set the kite on a tight reach and managed to fully bury the leeward ama. A quick bear off popped it up and she jumped off on a full mid teens plane. Had this been a skiff, I would have been swimming! At no time did it ever feel like digging in at the bows. She is also super easy to unload with an ease of the kite sheet or a bear down. Any real oh shit moment can be dealt with by bearing down and furling the kite, if needed. Go sail one of these, they are super fun!!!!!

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"I love the boat. The Weta is so much better than I ever imagined it would be. But you lied to me. You told me it was a sailboat it's not, it's an airplane, it flies. I already have our first prospective customer. An older gentlemen, who said he has been sailing for 50 years, just fell in love with the Weta. Today when I was packing up from a great day on the water, he stood and talked to me for an hour about the boat. He wanted to know how much and where can he get one. I have been out three days in a row with the boat. Friday I spent three hours on the beach. The next day I went to the beach and sailed for the first time with just the main sail. I was so surprised by the speed and maneuverability that a big smile came across my face and then I just laughed with joy for about ten minutes while I was sailing. Today I put up the main and jib, it was a blast. I am too sore to go tomorrow. I will reluctantly have to take a day off. But there is always Tuesday. Thanks for the joy you have brought me."

Rick
Weta Owner, Florida, USA

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We recently joined the converted after my father-in-law bought a Weta. It lives behind the garage at our place - they say possession is nine tenths of the law, which is my justification for thinking of it as ours. Pop doesn't seem to mind that we only let him use it occasionally. A couple of weeks after taking delivery of our new toy, we popped it on the garden trailer and took it to Coromandel for our summer holiday. In two and a half weeks away, I only missed two days on the water. Everyone loved it - I even got airborne with an old school friend that had never been sailing. Pitchpoled in a bit of a blow and steep seas with my sister-in-law - neither of us could stop laughing from the moment we left the shore to the moment we got back to the beach to pick up the next crew. Three-sail bast reaching with my wife while the grandparents looked after the kids - the ultimate grantparent support: supplying both the babysitting and the entertainment. Beat that! Cruising around the bay under spinnaker with three under-fives and two adults (not her fastest mode), with everyone lazing on the trampolines and no-one moving even to tack or gybe. But my favourite times were cruising with my 3-year old son, Peter. He likes gentle breezes most - things got a bit too wet for him in the breeze - but we spent many afternoons just exploring the harbour, sometimes for several hours on end. After a bit of one-on-one coaching he now gets upset if he doesn't get to steer at least 50% of the time. Destined for greatness maybe; happiness for sure! He and I are looking forward to getting into the racing scene at Pt Chevalier, our local club - hoping for the prize for youngest father-and-son team, but if we clean-up too much silverware for sailing too fast, we might find that plan gets voted down! Perhaps the first bit of competition on my hands is convincing my wife to let me go instead of her - I'm sure she's got her eye on a mother and son trophy (she might have to donate one first). Fabulous family fun, with plenty to keep those with a competitive streak interested. I get the feeling we'll be Weta-people for a very long time - the question is how long have I got before Peter and his little brother oust their Dad altogether. I figure I still have a few years, and I'm looking forward to them."

Michael Eaglen
General Manager, Engineering Consultancy
High Modulus International

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"I'm very happy to report that the boat arrived safely at the lake. Sunday morning I was up at 5am in quite strong winds, out in the boat together with a friend. I tell you, this boat is a rocket - it is amazing how fast it goes! I feel very great with my boat...and people were very curious about it. Most would like to try it. We will see what happens! Anyway, I hope next weekend the wind will not blow too much, so I can take Helen out on it. I think she like it too."

Markus Winter
WIN ASIA Consulting
Member of the Shanghai Yacht Club

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"Having sailed around the World on a Townsend 34, I was of the opinion that I had experienced the ultimate adventure onboard the ultimate sailing boat. We parted with our Townsend some years ago and I thought I would never experience the ultimate sail again. How wrong I was! Having seen the Weta in boating magazines, I was fortunate to meet both Roger Kitchen and his Weta at Castor Bay. I was treated to the first of several sails on the Weta and was sold within the first ten minutes - what a ride! The Weta has all the traits of a well-behaved sailing boat; stability, easy-to-handle and rigged with the added bonus of a safe thrilling ride that is second-to-none. The Weta is to sailing what Pele is to Football - there will never be another like it. Thank you Roger!"

Alan Hounsome
Cafe Sofra

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"I've been out a number of times in the Weta - an all-round boat for learn to sail, recreation, and high performance! What a blast! I cant wait for the class to grow!

The laser and the Hobie have always been seen as the worlds all purpose recreation boats. Having sailed the Weta I can see that these guys have incorporated all the strong characteristics of both. A high performance boat, it is exciting, forgiving and easy to sail, while being simple and compact. Why wasn't this thought of before?!?

I'm going to push for a lot of sailing clubs to jump aboard the Weta - it's just what New Zealand sailing needs to boost interest and participation in the sport."

Michael Bullot
Double World Champion
New Zealand Olympic Laser Sailor

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"I was looking for a 'big' little sail boat. It had to have and do everything for almost everybody in my circle of family and friends. The only trouble was, I wasn't at all sure what such a boat would look like or if it was even possible. I looked at a wide variety of boats but for me all fell short in one way or another.

I saw The Weta prototype at The Boat Show of 2003 and wasn't alone in recognizing a great concept well underway. A multi hull with a great design and a terrific sail plan. It was also the first time I met Roger, the driving force behind the project not to mention youth sailing programmes in Auckland over many years. Through him I was able to follow some of the evolutions and refinements that led to the fully honed Weta we purchased in October 2005.

Since then my family and friends have sailed our Weta on more than 30 occasions in a wide variety of seascapes and winds. It has been sailed alone with all sails up; two up and stacked out in skiff-like fashion hard on the wind; handled by one of the kids with just the boomless main or with the whole family on board !

We wanted a safe, stable, strong, easy to rig sail boat with good all round performance. One that was easy for everybody to sail. We got all that and more! It points well, it tacks with consummate ease and it gives a thrilling ride with no fuss. Everything about it is effortless and responsive. An efficient, well balanced design, bulletproof sails and up to the minute materials choices and construction played key roles in assuring these qualities. The workmanship is also excellent.

Then The Weta has bonus attributes we hadn't even thought about. The beach trailer, the way the boat packs down, tows and stores. The colour choices that individualize it. The supremely uncomplicated layout of quality gear and the colour coordinated lines and halyards. The multitude of comfortable and spacious sitting positions. The way our red screacher turbo charges performance when unfurled and so on.

Hard to believe that you can have all of this in a sail boat a little over 4 metres long!This is truly a 'Big' little sports sail boat that has everything and will do everything for almost everyone, whatever age or sailing ability. As such, I would recommend The Weta to anyone who likes or thinks they would like to get out on the water.

John van Kan, family and friends

 

 

 

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