I am, of course, referring to the catamaran. Zingaro (Italian for “Gypsie”) is a 1984 Crowther Spindrift 38′. Home built in Canada with Airex® foam core hulls encapsulated in fiberglass, with a plywood and fiberglass bridge and house. She’s light and fast.
Designed by Lock Crowther (1940 –1993), a prolific Australian multihull sailboat designer responsible for some 2500 design builds. Very forward thinking, and very seaworthy designs.
This one in particular has thin hulls, high bridgedeck clearance, and sexy lines (if I can say so myself). Add kick-up rudders, bow bulbs, and a pop-top, and you’ve got a very interesting one-of-a-kind cruiser.
Eventough we barely have to use them, she’s got dual yanmar diesel engines with driveshafts and folding propellors.
New cruise laminate sails, rigging, harken roller furler, and blocks make her a “breeze” to sail (I know, I’m punny). Seriously fast, she’ll get up and go in light air. The trade off here is weight, I have to keep her slim and light. I really don’t own more than tools and toys …
There’s an old wives tale about catamarans – that if you want them to sail well you need to cut your toothbrush in half. It saves weight.
In case you want to learn more about the Cat, here is a complete walktrough …
And if you want to know, what is left of Zingaro after 9,500 miles take a look … 😉
Fair winds and following seas <3