Hans Klaar Will Sail The Seas Again

16 May

Hans Klaar is an extraordinary sailor, a modern-day Moitessier, who has built and cruised a series of Polynesian-style catamarans over vast swathes of the world's oceans. Early last year his life took a dramatic and tragic turn when he was jailed in South Africa for rape, as my SAILFeed buddy Charlie Doane chronicled. After fighting the charge, Klaar was released in July and began the fight to rebuild his name and rebuild his life.

Naturally,one of the ways for him to do that was to go build a new boat, and set out for the distant horizons. So he went to Senegal first, and then moved to Gambia, to build his latest voyager from local materials.

He recently sent me these photos to update his progress, one month into the build. According to Hans, the main hulls are 72 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

Looks pretty cool, and classically Hans Klaar:

And this is the inside of the hulls before the ribs were fitted.

You have to admire a man who can create beauty and functionality from raw wood stock. I can't wait to see how it turns out, and where Hans plans to voyage.


  1. johan smith

    i stay in south africa and are friends of Hanses father Ernst.Does his father still stay in Mayotte? have you any details of where i can contact Ernst or Inge

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