Pop 25 - class hull turning over season

It looked as if it was intentional. Three Pop 25 hulls were turned upside in a row. They were Solaris, being built in Rio de Janeiro since August 2012, having the hull turned over in December 2012, Rancho Alegre, from Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, whose hull was turned upside this February, and Hayal, being built in Turkey, this one being turned over in March.


Rancho Alegre’s turning over was toasted in good style. After the well-succeeded operation, our client Francisco Aydos threw a party not to be forgotten. Besides counting with an impressive team of buddies to give him a hand, he was especially grateful to his wife Iara and his daughter Marcia for having produced the videos of the whole event.

Now it starts the best part for him, building the interior. From now on every single day of work will be worth commemorating for having a new aspect of his future yacht revealed.

Francisco’s friends assuming their positions in Rancho Alegre’s turning over. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos

The point of no return is reached. At this point Francisco must have been feeling he already owns a yacht. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos

From now on, come hell or high water, Francisco is the happy owner of the sailboat he dreamed with. Courtesy: Francico Ayudos

After such an outstanding event there is nothing like a barbecue to replenish the energies. Francisco is the fourth from the right. Courtesy: Francico Aydos

Even though the boat was still on the dry, on the other hand the whole crew jumped into the drink, literally. Courtesy: Francico Aydos


We were surprised to learn that a Pop 25 whose owner acquired the plans in July 2012 had its hull already turned upside. This boat is Hayal (means dream in Turkish), being built by the amateur Selim Karahan with the assistance of his father.

It is amazing the speed our builders are building their hulls. The first news we received from Selim was to inform his boat was already turned over. Courtesy: Selim Karahan.

Selim published a blog,  http://pop25hayal.blogspot.com/ , which we will include in our page of links, left column, with the intention of helping other builders who are constructing the Pop 25 without previous experience. It is wonderful he did it, since we are informed that most our builders follow with great interest the progress of other members of the club. The history of the Pop 25 class is becoming a case of interactivity, having plenty of information exchanged among builders. Of course Selim’s contribution will be more effective in his country, where there are several other Pop 25 builders, but that is good enough. We have already, including Hayal, six blogs in four different languages reporting the construction of boats of the class. For those who can’t read Turkish, as it is our case, it is already rewarding to look at the photos.

If there is a point that will help the class to spread rapidly, this is the easiness of building the hull. Our builders are finding no difficulty in going ahead with their constructions. Selim is receiving some advice from another client of ours, Ömer Kirkal, who built the MC 26C Evrensel. Courtesy: Selim Karahan.

Selim sent us an e-mail we transcribe below:

Dear Luis,

Greetings. As you know we are building a Pop 25. You can follow our construction on http://pop25hayal.blogspot.com/ . 
It's really a challenging experience for amateurs like us, but very enjoyable, of course. 

By the way, we are building this sailboat my father and I. Her name is Hayal, meaning dream, because this is our dream. 
My father and I always wanted a boat like that. We work making ship’s parts (doors, portholes, hatches, etc), for tankers and other big ships. My father wanted to have a sailboat, but in Turkey sailboats are too expensive.

One day a friend talked about amateur boat building with us. You must remember him. He is Ömer Kirkal, who built the MC26C Evrensel. He showed us your web-site and we reasoned that if we think too much we will arrive to the conclusion that we don’t have enough money or the necessary experience. However we needed a sailboat.

This gave us courage and we purchased the plans, a stock of marine plywood and started the construction. Ömer was very helpful. He is helping us on any time we find any difficulty. But we search and we learn again and again. Our feelings must be different, since you created the plans, it is your trade. Our feeling of confidence is priceless. The design is so powerful!  Thank you for giving us this chance and for your assistance.

Best regards

Selim Karahan


The Pop 25 Solaris had the hull turned upside last December. We had been invited to the barbecue her builder Fernando Santos offered in the occasion, when we had the chance to see a boat of the class standing on its twin keels for the first time. That day was quite reassuring for us, since we consider the most desired feature of the design being its independence from cradles, travel lifts and launching ramps.

Fernando Santos discarded building the holding tanks specified in the plans. In that place he built water-tight compartments, filling the empty spaces with pet bottles. Substituting Styrofoam for pet bottles is a nice idea, since they cost nothing, besides being an environmentally friendly attitude. Courtesy: Fernando Santos.

Solaris already has its internal carpentry concluded and now is having the superstructure being built. The visible part of the plywood panels had been covered with white Formica™, what gave an appearance of spaciousness to the interior. Since applying the ceiling is a matter of one day or two days work, soon Solaris interior will be looking like it will be when she will be sailing.

Solaris fore-cabin double berth carpentry already concluded. It is a luxury having three double berths inside a twenty-five foot sailboat. Courtesy: Fernando Santos.

The Pop 25 class being so recent turns every new event in the construction of these boats reason for huge curiosity. This is the case of the electric motor Fernando already installed in Solaris motor compartment. He acquired the Electroprop 5.5kW made by Propulsion Marine, from Santa Barbara, California. The cost of the whole package is much smaller than that of a diesel engine with the same power, and its installation is incomparably simpler. If we consider all the other advantages, we have all reasons to believe that electric auxiliary propulsion in cruising sailboats will be the rule in the near future.

Solaris is the first Pop 25 yet to have electric auxiliary motor installed. The shaft tunnel is made of PVC tube having fibreglass cloth wrapped around it up to its end, where the shaft seal will be fixed. Courtesy: Fernando Santos.


Being a recent project, the Pop 25 still is rehearsing its first steps. However the enthusiasm of the members of the class is so contagious that we are expecting the class pretty soon to be a blockbuster. The comments our bloggers express in their texts make us believe on this.

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