Lazy Jack was built of steel by it's current owner, a professional welder,
in 1997. It is a Gilbert Caroff design called the Chatham. This design was
popular with hundreds of Frenchmen keen to follow in the footsteps of their
hero Bernard Moitessier.
Lazy Jack is perfect for someone who really wants to voyage but doesn't have
much money. You could step aboard with provisions and set off without delay.
The steel hull has been well maintained and all the major things work. It
has a new Yanmar 3YM30 diesel engine and a new Kiwi prop. The alloy mast and
rigging is all in good serviceable condition, as are the sails, many of
which have hardly been used. The new Delta anchor is attached to 50m of 10mm
chain. The electric windlass even has a remote control.
There's a toilet, sink and stove but it must be said that Lazy Jack's
interior leaves a lot to be desired. It can best be described as functional.
However as boat building projects go, this one has promise as much of the
hard work has already been done.
As sailing boats go it's quite good. It moves surprisingly well in light
airs and has a comfortable motion. It motors very well and the engine is
very smooth and quiet. There is much equipment, such as a two year old 4 man
life raft, an AX3 inflatable dinghy, a 4hp Yamaha outboard, radar, compass,
brand new autopilot, a couple of new batteries, and of course all the usual
things, like ropes and fenders. It even has an electric toilet!