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September 2, 2020

Moore 33 Specs and Renderings Released

If you’ve had a chance to take a look at the September issue of Latitude 38 yet, you may have seen the story about the new Moore 33. The story’s in Racing Sheet on pages 88-89. Or, maybe you saw the announcement right here in ‘Lectronic Latitude on August 14.

Alan Andrews designed the Moore 33, and Ron Moore plans to build a fleet of them at Moore Sailboats, Inc., in Watsonville. Readers commented on the August 14 post, asking for more information. Moore Sailboats, Inc., wasn’t quite ready to share the particulars, including the drawings, at that time, but they are now.

Rendering with spinnaker of the Moore 33
A port side view of the Moore 33.
© 2020 Alan Andrews

Herewith are the preliminary specs:

10.06 m 33.0 ft.
LWL (empty) 9.00 m.  29.5 ft.
Beam 3.05 m. 10.0 ft.
Draft 2.29 m. 7.5 ft.
Displacement (empty) 1,700 kg. 3,750 lbs.
Ballast 680 kg. 1,500 lbs.

General Comments

The Moore 33 is designed for inshore one-design or handicap racing, plus point-to-point and offshore racing such as in California Offshore Race Week, to Cabo, in the Pacific Cup or in the Transpac. It can be trailered home from long races and crane-launched from dry storage.

Auxiliary propulsion will be supplied by a retractable outboard engine housed in a dedicated well under the cockpit. The system includes a fixed, plumbed fuel tank and appropriate controls.

This boat is to meet US SER requirements for Offshore Racing, with the addition of optional equipment, and is to be built to comply with ISO 12215-5, 12215-8 and 12215-9 construction standards and ISO 12217 stability standard for Category A Offshore.


The rig is a fractional sloop with a non-overlapping jib and two sets of aft-swept spreaders as shown on the sail plan.

Full rig with all sails
The rig, with jib and spinnaker both shown. We like the Moore logo on the mainsail!
© 2020 Alan Andrews
  • Lightweight un-tapered boom.
  • Carbon removable bowsprit fit with two bolts to hull near shear.
  • Single tack line at outboard end of sprit for buoys racing with provision for optional second tack line for offshore racing.
  • Bobstay with attachment on stem about .22M (9 inches) above waterline. Lashing attachment to tighten bobstay.

Keel, rudder and steering

Retractable keel fit with a bulb cast from lead with 3% antimony as hardener.

Spade rudder with carbon fiber rudder stock, foam core and carbon and fiberglass skins and tiller steering. Rudder bearings secured in fiberglass tube bonded to hull and cockpit sole.


Deck framing to include:

  • Foredeck transverse ring frame
  • Cabin house edges
  • Cockpit support from retractable outboard enclosure
  • Traveler, partial bulkhead and rudder tube.

Deck, cockpit and transom exterior surfaces to be off-white molded gelcoat with post-applied or molded-in nonskid.

Line drawing of deck layout
The deck layout.
© 2020 Alan Andrews

Interior surfaces of the hull and deck to be smooth with no rough edges and covered with clear polyurethane sealer.

Interior surfaces of molded components to have an off-white molded gelcoat finish.

rendering of the interior
An inside view.
© 2020 Alan Andrews

Latitude will keep our eye on this new boat under development. In the meantime, contact Blaine Rorick, the president of Moore Sailboats, Inc., at (909) 754-4487 for more info.

Potter Yachters ‘Clear out the Haze’

We’ve been saying it for months: “Small-boat sailing is on the rise.” This week we received a letter from Potter Yachter Jim “Goose” Gossman, a regular Latitude contributor and small-boat enthusiast. Jim and some friends took to the water last weekend for some much-needed sailing time.

“Conditions last Sunday were perfect for clearing out the haze without stressing out our spouses,” Goose said.

Grace lomond on the water
The Nimble 25 Grace under sail. Goose says the group has been “doing more overnights of late,” which requires less rigging and launching.
© 2020 Pat Lopez

“Fellow Potter Yachters George and Rebecca Corrigan launched their Montgomery 15 and got a guest slip at Loch Lomond Marina, which, unlike many marinas, is still welcoming boat-in visitors.

“Wind and water conditions in this part of the Bay are well-suited for our small boats, with many fine daysails within reach.

Potter-Yachter and Mai Tai
George and Rebecca Corrigan from Benicia cross paths with Mai Tai, aboard their 1983 Montgomery 15 Upbeat.
© 2020 Goose Gossman

“On Sunday we were pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful Cheoy Lee 25 Mai Tai, which, as it turned out, was on her maiden voyage after an extensive refit. She is owned by Pat Lopez of Loch Lomond, and is a sweet ride.”

Mai Tai in San Rafael
Mai Tai looking mighty fine.
© 2020 Goose Gossman

Goose also shared that two weeks ago, six Potter Yachters got together for “a fine sail around Red Rock and East Brother Island.”

“In a couple of weeks, several of us will brave Angel Island and the Slot while overnighting in Marina Bay. We are so grateful for any water time these days,” he added.

Nimble 25 in wheel house
Don’t be deceived by the motorboat-looking interior. This is inside Grace‘s wheelhouse.
© 2020 Goose Gossman

Do you sail a Potter? We’d love to share the photos. Send them to us at [email protected]. Please include your boat’s name, year, and model, and how long you’ve owned her.

Is Your Boat Name Among the 2020 Top 10?

What’s in a name? If you base your answer on William Shakespeare’s famous quote from Romeo and Juliet, “. . . that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet,” it shouldn’t matter what you name your boat. Yet many of us deliberate for hours, days, sometimes weeks to come up with just the right name. We start off wanting it to be meaningful, or at the very least, relevant, while aiming to be clever, ironic, perhaps even nostalgic. Presumably the truth lies somewhere in between. The plethora of options and opinions may see us compromising with a “That’ll do.”

According to the Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS) boat names commonly occur within certain themes — relaxation; a new chapter in life or achievement; fishing (unlikely to be adopted by sailors); embracing the boating life; and music. BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Croft says the themes have emerged over 28 years of boat owners’ engagement with the organization’s Boat Graphics service.

“It’s always a challenge to decide on a boat name because the options are endless,” Crofft says, but added that, “certain themes stand the test of time.”

Boat names
The famous and the not-so-famous. Names are half the fun of sailing.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Latitude 38 Archives

BoatUS has now released its results for this year’s Top 10 Boat Names, and has given some clues as to the boat owners’ possible motivation:

1. Serenity: One of the most common and beloved boat names ever. The owner of this boat may have a high-stress job and is likely looking to the water for a little peace and quiet. Watch out for yoga mats on deck!
2. Island Time: Everything is slower in the islands. Let down your hair, feel the sun on your face and the warm, clear turquoise waters surrounding your feet. You are now experiencing Island Time.
3. Scout: The owner of this boat is an adventurous type. Whether out gunkholing with the family, cruising to far-off locales, or chasing down a secret fishing spot, Scout’s skipper is on a mission.
4. Pura Vida: A way of life in Costa Rica. Up north it translates to living a good life with your family, cherishing simple pleasures, and enjoying a slow, relaxed pace. Moreover, it’s not just for sailboats – speedy motorboat owners love this name equally.
5. Seas the Day: This boat owner is likely completely in charge while boating and intends to get the most out of the boating lifestyle. This boat is also likely to be the last one to return to home port for the night, enjoying every ounce of daylight on the water.
6. Shenanigans: This boat owner is obviously (and likely innocently) up to something, and it may have to do with a big, extended family aboard. Think of Mr. Brady’s kind of boat, if he’d had one, at your local Saturday afternoon anchorage with Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy, Mrs. Brady and Alice aboard.
7. Black Pearl: Like the fictional ship of Disney movie fame, this vessel may not look like much, but she’s brought her captain home every time and had a lot of fun along the way.
8. Cool Change: Originating in Australia to define the change from a hot summer day to a cool afternoon breeze and thunderstorms ahead. This boat’s owner likely believes in the transformative nature of “cool and bright clear water.”
9. Liberty: Just as with its popular cousin Freedom, a boater who chooses this name is a patriot to his or her core. There’s a fair chance this owner served in the military or has family who does.
10. Knot on Call: A name once chosen by doctors and nurses, Knot on Call now appeals to a wider group of boaters where technology has increased the intrusive reach of the office or added 24-hour job demands.

Does your boat have an unusual name? Send a photo to [email protected] and we’ll compile our own list — Latitude‘s Favorite Boat Names 2020.

Jack London ‘Discovered’ Kimchi in Korea

We know Jack London as a Bay Area sailor, an oyster pirate, a reporter and a novelist, and from the namesake square in Oakland. But when you think of Jack London do you think of kimchi? For some reason we stumbled across this revelation in a recent edition of The New York Times:

“In 1904, the Japanese military authorities arrested the American novelist Jack London. Three times. He was covering the Russo-Japanese War for the San Francisco Examiner as a war correspondent in Korea, and drew from his time overseas in a 1915 novel, The Star Rover.

jack-london-55-foot-cutter-rigged-ketch. He discovered Kimchi
London is better known to sailors because of his 55-foot cutter-rigged ketch, the Snark.
© 2020 Boat US

“’I know kimchi,’ London writes, speaking through his characters. ‘Kimchi is a sort of sauerkraut made in a country that used to be called Cho-Sen. The women of Wosan make the best kimchi, and when kimchi is spoiled it stinks to heaven.’

“This is one of America’s earliest written encounters with kimchi. London was right in the first regard: Kimchi is ‘a sort of sauerkraut,’ a fermented dish that most often starts off with cabbage and salt.

“As for the last comment, kimchi almost never spoils. Prepared correctly and with enough salt, it can ripen for months, even years, until it becomes mukeunji — kimchi that’s so concentrated in flavor that it burns the tongue and tastes wonderful when stewed.”

Since fermented foods are all the rage these days we recently tried some kimchi and loved it. The best we’ve found is Mother In-Law’s Kimchi. Since it doesn’t spoil for ages it would be good for long passages, though it’s best eaten outside or in the cockpit – it’s pungent.

Jack London's Snark ribs go with Kimchi
Jack London with the Snark under construction in San Francisco in 1906. Since it’s a food story we thought it would go better with ribs.
© 2020 Boat US

If you want to learn more from The New York Times about the delicacy Jack London discovered, click here.

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