Malts Mermaid II

  • 11 May 2021 15:01
    Reply # 10467264 on 10458897
    Anonymous wrote:

    his original Mermaid.

    Am I the only one who sees a Benford Dory forerunner?

  • 11 May 2021 01:07
    Reply # 10463289 on 10458294

    He wrote an inspiring book called Kodoku about his trans-Pacific voyage on the 19ft Mermaid.  I first read it as a teenager in 1968 and have a copy on my bookshelf.

  • 10 May 2021 05:26
    Reply # 10458897 on 10458294

    Amazing. As a teenager in the 1960s I remember being enthralled by an article in Seaspray magazine, in which this Kenichi Hori had built a little plywood keelboat and sailed it single-handed to the USA. I guess this must have been his original Mermaid.

    Last modified: 10 May 2021 05:46 | Anonymous member
  • 09 May 2021 23:43
    Message # 10458294

    While out and about over the weekend I stumbled, by chance, across a junk rigged catamaran here in Japan.  She's called Malts Mermaid II and is constructed of beer barrels, with sails made from recycled PET bottles!  

    She was sailed across the pacific in 1999 by a gentleman called Kenichi Horie.  I won't go into all the details of his life but those who wish can read more about him here.

    Digging a little deeper I discovered he has undertaken many interesting voyages.  He's still alive and lives just around the corner :-) I am hopeful that I will get to meet him and perhaps have a chance to hear more about his junk rigged adventures.


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