Kite is my own boat, co-owned with Colin Henwood who built her. She is a 21ft trailer sailer constructed from 9mm marine plywood sheathed in glass cloth and epoxy. With an all up weight of 750kgs she can be comfortably trailed behind a 2litre family car. Draft with centreplate and rudder raised is just 10inches (250mm), and she sets 212sq.ft (19.7sq.m) on her carbon spar gaff sloop rig.
Since launching in 2010 she has been sailed on the Solent, in Cornwall, Devon, the River Shannon, and on the Norfolk Broads, and attracts complimentary comments wherever she goes. A second plywood boat, ‘Mary Hay’, has been built by Dick Phillips of Willow Bay Boats, and Demon Yachts now have GRP versions available. The Demon Yachts Kite has received sparkling reviews in Classic Boat, Classic Sailor, and Water Craft magazines – test reports can be downloaded below. In August 2013 ‘Kite’ and ‘Mary Hay’ participated in the Old Gaffers Association 50th anniversary festival at Cowes and sailed in the big race which was held a testing F5-6 with wind over tide in the western Solent. Both boats had good results and ‘Kite’ was declared the overall winner on handicap – an impressive result in a fleet of around 90 boats.
If you are interested in a Kite please contact me or Demon Yachts for further details. At this time it is still not my intention to make plans available for home builders.
Test report in Classic Boat:
Kite test Classic Boat Oct 2015
Test report in Classic Sailor:
Kite test Classic Sailor Nov 2015
Articles about Kite published in Water Craft magazine:
“Kite Just Flies” (pdf) “Hooked On Raiding” (pdf) “Kite on the Shannon” (pdf)