Austral's design is an outgrowth of Wynfall, intended to provide additional space below decks, including standing headroom. She is slightly heavier, longer and wider, and has more freeboard than her smaller sister. These changes make a difference: Austral boasts a remarkable amount of space for a 29' boat.
The first boat built to Austral's design - named An Old Captivity - was launched by Chris and Penny Morton of Cabarita Beach, Australia and launched in late 1998. After her maiden voyage Chris wrote to me that "...she sails beautifully,...tacking through 80 degrees, picking up speed easily (even in light airs), and leaving little wake."
In 2003 I joined Chris for a delivery
trip from Brsibane to Tasmania, and was very impressed
with her performance on the 1100+ nautical mile
voyage. The MKII version incorporates some changes
that were made to the orginal design as a result of
that voyage. You can read more about An Old Captivity
in articles that have appeared in Classic Boat, Water
Craft and Australian Amateur Boatbuilder (see publications page for references).
Three construction options are offered for Austral: framed strip planking,
sheathed strip planking, or three layers of
veneer over a strip-planked core. Plans
include complete details for either gaff or
Bermudan rig, and several arrangement
options (see below).
An Old Captivity sailing in Queensland, Australia
Gaff sailplan with long cabin;
long cabin layout is below