|Launched||October 1984 (date of
Don and Margie
Don & Margie
|Builder||Swarbricks, completed and fitted out
by Marty Still
|Fit Out||Extensively refitted in 2009 by Jessica
Watson for her solo circumnavigation
|Previous Owners||Marty Still (owned Shanty from new, until
sold around 1996)
The Yacht’s Story
Shanty was built and then fitted out by Marty
Still who cruised her extensively for many years. He sold her around 1996
and built a larger catamaran, see below. In early 2009 she was bought by Don and Margie McIntyre with the
intention of refurbishing for a solo world record attempt by
From Marty, 2009:
and bulkheads, with keel detached, in 1982. (I believe it was hull number
107). She sat in my Melbourne front yard, being fitted out by myself, with the
aid of a shipwright, for two and a half years and was launched in October
1984, (the 8th if I remember correctly).
Westernport Bay, Bass Strait and Tasmania during holidays and raced in local
club events at other times. In 1990 I had had enough of working and
sailed off to New Zealand from Melbourne in mid winter, the cruising holiday
was meant to last one year but lasted six. On my return to Australia in
1996 I had a dire need to knuckle down and make some money and had decided
to build a multihull so, sadly, my old friend “Shanty” was sold to and old
Italian guy from Brisbane. I believe he sold her on fairly quickly to a
young guy with a dream that he never fulfilled. I believe this is the guy
who Jessica bought her from.
deck stepped and a smaller section for keel stepped, I opted for the larger
section but keel stepped it anyway. I was never really aiming at high
profile racing but ocean cruising.
specified, the largest being 5/16″. I went for 5/16″ all round.
mast maker. Not such a bad thing for ocean cruising.
On 18/10/09 Jessica Watson
left from Sydney in her attempt to become the youngest solo circumnavigator.
Unlike some attempts, she aimed for a solo, non-stop unassisted
voyage. Due to her age and a well publicised collision on her way to
Sydney from Queensland her voyage was not without controversy, however she was
not deterred and completed her voyage on 15th May 2010, a few days before her
17th birthday. Her voyage was a remarkable piece of seamanship, courage
and determination and she came home to a huge welcome in Sydney harbour,
including from the Prime minster and NSW Premier. Her
blog can be read on her website
About the Owners
Don and Margie are well known adventurers,
having cruised and travelled extensively to many remote regions, including being
the first couple to winter in the Antarctic.
(with thanks to Trade-a-Boat magazine)
Approaching Sydney to complete her circumnavigation, 14th May 2010 (click on photos to enlarge)