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Big Pimpin’

fireballWeathermark Sailboats is happy to announce the appointment of Mike McEvoy as agent for the North American market. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in Fireball, many years as a race coach in Canada, and in sailing retail. The principal at Weathermark is Dave Hall. As an old hand in the Fireball, and in the sailing industry, Dave has put his years of experience and thoughts into the construction of the hull, deck and internal design.

A perennial problem for potential Fireball purchasers in Canada and the USA has been the availability of boats without a long waiting period and in the face of high shipping costs. With regular shipments to the East Coast due to our partnership with Rondar Raceboats , and to the West Coast, we can supply boats, spars, and sails for the North American market with very reasonable shipping rates The first Weathermark boat in North America has arrived and will soon be seen on the regatta circuit. Currently we are taking orders for early winter delivery.

The hull is the current “wide bow” thinking but has a slightly more vee’d entry and is not as bulbous as the other current boats available. This makes the boat kinder through the water. The water line length is also maximized and the aft rocker is as flat as the rules permit.

Inside, the forward part of the centerboard case is a low as practical to save those shins. The substantial jib bars go from the front of the case to the side tanks in line with the shrouds forming a rigid frame and fairing into an extra bulkhead.

The centerboard case rises after the thwart onto a flat table to allow owners a free hand in the way they like their controls. The deck has been made functional and aesthetically pleasing.

All hull and deck moldings are in epoxy resin with the choice of Kevlar or S glass, they are vacuum bagged and the moulds have been made to enable them to be laminated using the ‘Infusion’ method. All hulls and decks are post cured in a single large oven.

For enquiries from North America contact Mike at [email protected] or call: 613-796-2122. European inquiries can be sent to Dave at [email protected] or ring + 44 (0) 7802 611599. Weathermark Sailboats will be at HPDO at the American Yacht Club October 11 and 12. Stop by and say hello!