A lot has happened since the idea of a new do-it-yourself boat was announced in the spring. The development team, Don McInytre and Janusz Maderski, has since sold dozens of plans all over the world - including Germany.
Despite or maybe because of Corona, after all, some are more often at home due to the pandemic, small boat enthusiasts have started building the sea dwarf in numerous countries. A separate boat class is to be created, the Class Globe 5.80, and there will be regattas on the doorstep, across the Atlantic and even around the world (see YACHT 17/2020).
The new Class Globe 5.80 is intended to be a do-it-yourself boat for coastal and deep sea sailors
But nobody knows the boat under sails yet, no boat is ready. The furthest has so far been Piotr Czarniecki, who made construction number one his priority number one in Poland and, after building the hull, has meanwhile reached the interior of the 5.80 meter boat.
In Germany, among others, Heinz-Erhard Förster's Finewoodwork shipyard is creating a Globe 5.80. Originally the boat type was supposed to be called Mini 5.80, but because the name is too similar to the Classe Mini and its 6.50 meter short speedsters, it was changed to Globe 5.80.
Piotr Czarniecki is currently building construction number 1 in Poland
He has already arrived at the interior work
Every self-builder who later wants to register his boat in the class association is encouraged to document his construction in a blog. In addition to Heinz-Erhard Förster, who also officially offers CNC-milled boat-type kits for self-construction, two other Germans have started construction (blog). Your previous experiences can be found in the overview of all blogs of the mini do-it-yourselfers.
The budding boat builders also exchange ideas in the Facebook group “Globe 5.80 Builders”.
Photo gallery: Looking over the shoulder - boat building at Heinz-Erhard Förster
Much more information about the construction of the Class Globe 5.80 appeared in the big report “Adventure Boat Building” in YACHT 17/2020. It is part of a four-part series on themed sailing with small cruisers. Part three also deals with building other small boats yourself: What plans and kits are there, and what experiences have self-builders who sail on their finished boats today have made with them?
The booklet can be ordered online here.
The complete overview of the small cruiser series: