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designers, Finesterre is still around and, according to Franklin, looks as good as it ever did. Franklin then built the Laurie Davidson-designed TY780 Stormrider, the first TY designed to the new 780 rule. In designing her, Davidson borrowed ideas from his winning IOR designs, the 3⁄4 ton winner Pendragon and 1⁄2 ton Waverider. Stormrider had slack bilges, maximum waterline length and was lightly built in cold moulded timber on spruce stringers. “Just like a model aeroplane,” quips Franklin. “She [Stormrider] was a superb boat and fast. We won virtually every race we entered.” Franklin eventually built more one-off Davidson designs than any other boatbuilder and developed enormous respect for the designer’s mathematical abilities. “On one of his IOR yachts we had to change the trim [for rating purposes] to get the stern up one inch, and the bow up a quarter of an inch. While we were talking on the phone Laurie calculated where and what diameter to cut a hole in the keel to achieve this. It was absolutely perfect and just blew me away.” Over the next three decades Franklin built many successful Davidson designs such as Southern Raider, Night Raider, Grand Slam, Southern Fun, Raucous, Ex-Tension, Indian Pacific, Ninja 1, Ninja 2, Cassiopeia, Pendragon IV and Pendragon VI. Over the same period, Franklin built more than 30 Bruce Farr- designed boats, ranging from the little 9.2m cruiser/racer through to IOR two-tonners, and including nearly 20 IMS 31s for overseas clients. Franklin got into composite construction in 1983 after seeing the Mick Cookson-built, Farr-designed boats Pacific Sundance, Geronimo and Exodor, which formed the New Zealand team for the 1983 Southern Cross Cup. Pendragon VI, built by Ian Franklin and designed by Laurie Davidson. Theodora’s classically styled interior . subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 95 Retros&ClassicsMarch14.indd 95 18/02/2014 4:58:02 p.m.
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