Pop 25 Mandala - A new boat being built in Southern Brazil

Talking about the potential of a promising class called Pop 25 one year ago could be considered at best a case of wishful thinking. However, at the moment this is no more just a speculation. The class having already boats being built in nine different countries, and increasing in number of builders at a fast pace, is showing signs that it is coming to stay. In spite of our long term experience, even we at the office were a bit surprised by such interest for the plans, but this shouldn’t be so, since when we developed the project we had the intention of changing the way amateur plywood/epoxy boats are constructed. We are quite sure that the main reason for such success is the fact that in no time flat after starting the construction the builder already sees the hull looking like a real sailboat. The psychological effect of seeing one’s work taking shape so quickly boosts the morale of any builder, and this feeling spreads to others, generating a virtuous spiral with its own inertia.

Pop 25 Mandala’s bulkhead 4 almost finished. Marcelo Bonilla is doing a fantastic job at an astonishing pace. Thanks to his laser cutting machine he had the bulkheads plywood panels cut with absolute precision.

Perhaps the best thing that could have happened for the class might have been the interest of a new client in producing kits of the bulkheads plywood panels for sale. This new client, Marcelo Bonilla, owns a modeling factory for civil architecture, producing miniatures of the highest quality. For him to produce kits for the Pop 25 using his cad-cam facilities is duck soup. We are showing below the promotional video of his company for you to have a good idea of the quality of his work:

We only regret that the subtitles are in Portuguese, but they aren’t really important. What counts is the quality of the work. He also sent us a demo of the laser cutting from the CNC file for the production of the bulkhead panels. The price is very competitive: he is intending to sell the panels for R$1100 (about U$500) f.o.b., what we believe to be a bargain. He also produced this demo video of the cutting procedure:

Marcelo has a blog where he intends to show the progress of the construction. Mandala, the name he will give to his Pop 25, is being built for the leisure of his family (see in our links page: Pop 25 Mandala).

Other Pop 25 builders have created blogs to relate their constructions. They are listed together with Mandala, and are: Horus, Konquest, Rancho Alegre and Splash. We wish others follow the steps of these first ones, since the blogs are very useful to help the builders who are beginning their constructions,

The boosting factor in the Pop 25 construction is seeing the hull taking shape so quickly. This Pop 25 is Konquest, and it is being built by Marcelo Schurhaus on the roof of a garage under construction.

Pop 25 being built in Rio de Janeiro by John Matheson. John is an experienced boat builder who already made a couple of sailboats from our design.

James Gyore is starting the construction of the Pop 25 Splash, in Melbourne, Victoria, with the assistance of Kyle McCullock. The boat is being built with the intention of being used to run a documentary about offshore cruising in a home-built sailboat. Courtesy: James Gyore

The most advanced construction of a Pop 25 is Horus, which is being built by Daniel D’Angelo in City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daniel has become a renowned amateur boat builder. He already built two boats designed by us: the Samoa 28 Sirius and the Pantanal 25 Vega.

Pop 25 Rancho Alegre is being built in Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The hull is ready to be sheathed with fiberglass. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos.

Besides easiness of construction, the Pop 25 has another feature that might weigh in the decision of building one of these boats. She was designed to rest on its twin keels without requiring a cradle for that purpose. Let’s face it; a boat that can be serviced for anti-fouling maintenance without requiring to pay one cent for hauling out, or yard fees, wherever there is a calm beach in a place where tides surpass 1,10m (3’ 7”) range is a dream come true. The fact that she is an unsinkable offshore sailboat with built in thermal insulation is a bonus.

Not requiring cradle, travel lift, hauling ramp or boatyard area for bottom maintenance is the dream of cruising sailors. Wherever there is a calm beach where tide range surpasses 1.10m (3’7”), bottom maintenance and anti-fouling application can be done at cost zero by the owner alone. Photoshops: Murilo Almeida

During the first days of October the office will be re-established at Perth, Western Australia, since it was temporarily operating from Geoge Island, South Korea, where our engineer Astrid Barros was site manager in the construction of two deep water drill-ships built by Samsung Shipyards. With the delivery of the two rigs absolutely on schedule, our family office was free to return to its burrow from where the office was established to stay. We will not have fixed telephone connected for a fortnight, however, as soon as it is functioning we will inform the number in our home page. However we will be connected by internet full time, so there will be no interruption in the normal functioning of the office. From September 20 to October 2 we will make a pit stop at Pucket, Thailand, to recharge batteries, spending a few days sailing along those gorgeous shores. During these twelve days the e-mails will be forwarded and promptly answered by our branch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Click here to learn more about the Pop 25.