Pop 25 - Easy as Sunday morning

It is becoming trivial among the community of Pop 25 owners to affirm that building the Pop 25 is duck soup. Some praise the simplified geometry of the hull, others oddly construct the transverse structure inside their living rooms, what can be a bombshell for some wives...in short, there seems to be no respect among the Pop 25 supporters for the challenge of building one of these boats. And, since nobody has good reasons for regrets when trying something unconventional, the real reward begins when the boat is launched. Just watch the video below and see how the whole family of one of our amateur builders sets off for a day-sail in a sunny holiday, everybody finding room to sit in the cockpit.

This footage was taken when our client Francisco Aydos invited his family for the first day-out after launching the Pop 25 Rancho Alegre in the Guaiba River, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Note that his large family found room to sit around the cockpit. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos.

The Pop 25 class is spreading internationally very rapidly. Now we have boats being built, or already sailing, in thirteen different countries. At each new article we tell something about the latest progresses in the construction of some of the boats being built, especially those whose builders edit blogs linked to the office`s home page. This time we are showing the photo of one being built in Romania, by Kaan Oner, a Turkish citizen who lives in that country. "Dream", as he called her, is being built at full throttle. He acquired the plans in November and in June the hull is already being sheathed with plywood. Very good indeed! Since there is a fleet of Pop 25 under construction in Turkey, a friend of his, Omur Eryuksel, who is also building a Pop 25, is giving him a hand in ordering the custom fittings in that country, which possesses a much more developed nautical industry. In Turkey alone we have eight Pop 25 clients, with at least one boat, Hayal, already sailing.

Dream is a Pop 25 being built in Romania by Kaan Oner. He made the acquisition of the plans in November, 2014, and presently has the hull ready for being sheathed. It is reassuring to see that he is finding no hurdles to overcome the assemblage. Courtesy: Kaan Oner.

We developed the Pop 25 project with the intention of providing an offshore cruising sailboat intended to be built by amateurs, a boat to allow an enticing escape for the young, or anyone with a short income. Let`s face it, to own a blue water sailboat with accommodations to live aboard, even if it is a compact craft, and that boat being capable of sailing to anywhere, this is far from being commonplace! You may think I`m optimistic in considering the Pop 25 a good option for those who are willing to get free from it all. Nowadays there are new ways to survive living on board a small yacht, no matter where you are. It is clear sailing for those whose trades allow them to work on-line when having a cell-phone chip, or wi-fi access in a marina, something that is becoming quite usual, being unperturbed by red tape for doing that.

The Pop 25 interior is as ample as a boat of this size can be. The navigation table is large enough for doing office work on a notebook. A removable table stored under the fore-berth is easily assembled between the two settees. A curtain attached to the saloon`s bulkhead passage door (the curtain isn`t shown in the picture) provides privacy to the heads compartment. Photoshop: Murilo Almeida.

A real offshore sailboat like the Pop 25 allows a young couple to travel to anywhere, and if his/her trade is compatible with freelance work done at distance, obtaining an income absolutely free from any bumf restriction, as long as the revenue from the work is deposited in one`s bank account in his/her home country, is absolutely legal. Three months visas extended for other three months are standard procedure in most countries, and expiring these visas, it is just a matter of hoisting sails and going to somewhere else. One year temporary visas for students are also available and are easy to be obtained in many countries, with the only drawback that the college fees are quite costly. However, if the cost of living at that place is affordable (living aboard a small sailboat that doesn`t even require a slipway for bottom maintenance is the dream come true for many less well off cruising sailors), it is possible to travel indefinitely spending peanuts, or even earning more than spending, not even being necessary to interrupt one`s career. I`m assuring it is possible to do that in a twenty-five foot sailboat because my wife and I did exactly that in the past, when we half-girdled the world, going from outbound Rio de Janeiro to French Polynesia, leaving our home port with just a few bucks in the pocket, having to work along the way to bring home the bacon. (This story is told in the book "Rio to Polynesia" which you can download for free in the B & G home page, lower, left corner).

Being a yacht designer, I had to make my drawings on the navigation table, since notebooks didn`t exist at that time. One of the boats I designed in those precarious conditions, the Samoa 27, became a champion in sales later on, with dozens of units built from these plans. The yacht I built after this voyage, the thirty-foot Maitairoa, was also designed on that very same navigation table. It is obvious that this doesn`t fit in everyone`s existential plans, and we admit that 99% of our clients don`t wish to do that, but since the possibility exists, and as we reckon that when we were doing that sort of breadwinning it was the best time of our lives, it gives me pleasure in suggesting to others to do the same. Just to prove that this is possible, our mate in the design office, Luis Pinho, is doing exactly that aboard his Kiribati 36 "Green Nomad". Being a member of our team, Luis works on board his yacht, which is presently in French Guiana, contacting us daily by means of the web. Being Australian, he is paid for his work by means of cash deposits on his bank account back home.

Who travels with a Pop 25 doesn`t really need to worry about the expenses of hauling out for bottom maintenance. Wherever the tide range surpasses 1.20m, or so, it is possible to do that on a lonely beach for free. Photoshop: Murilo Almeida.

The Pop 25 project, with its capacity of standing on its twin keels, for its independence on fossil fuels considering it is specified for having electric auxiliary, for having positive flotation even when completely flooded, and, last but not least, for its low cost and easiness of construction, is our contribution to the low budget cruising sailor.

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