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Swuzzlebubble III, KZ 4466
à jour au: 2020
1979 Plan Ron Holland, built by Cooksons, NZ

 

Not built as One Tonner: 30.4',

Swuzzlebubble III was a 40ft 6" Ron Holland design (a development of Holland's earlier Regardless hull), the second of Ian Gibbs' yachts to this name. Swuzzlebubble III was a very professional campaign, and the one that gave Gibbs his greatest success in international offshore racing. The yacht was rated at 30.1ft IOR for the 1981 NZ Admirals Cup trials series, close to the minimum allowed for the Admirals Cup itself (which was raced at the time in three boat teams between 30.0 and 40.0ft IOR). The yacht was built by Cooksons, making use of a form of construction that Holland had pioneered with his Two Tonner Imp, with a light composite hull and a stainless steel and aluminium space frame that was engineered to take keel and rig loads. This was combined a sparse but ergonomically efficient interior designed by Brett de Thier for a very high tech appearance for the time. Her displacement of 13,500lbs incorporated 3,800lbs in the keel, and 3,000lbs in the hull floor.

1980 December, launching
From RB Sailing "Swuzzlebubble III on launching day at Westhaven, Auckland, December 1980 (Gibbs Family Collection)"

1981 NZ Admirals Cup trials: 4 - 1 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 = 1er/??
From RB Sailing,

Admiral's Cup: 14 - 24 - 3 - 21 - Fastnet Race: 4e = 1er/48, New Zealand Team: 6e/16, I. GIBBS, IOR: 30.2'
Nota: Epiglass New Zealand (a Holland 40 sistership), renamed as Wee Willie Winkie for the Admirals Cup to avoid Rule 26 sponsorship issues

198? Swuzzlebubble III was sold overseas

2012 For sale in Italy (refer photos below). She still looks to be in very good condition, and includes a more cruising-oriented interior.

All information before 2012 are from RB Sailing: http://rbsailing.blogspot.com/2012/12/swuzzlebubble-iii-holland-40.html

2020 11 mai "Le Bon Coin", A vendre voilier de la catégorie one tonner (40ft) construit en 1979 en Nouvelle Zélande dans les chantiers Cooksons. Ce bateau a été dessiné par Ron Holland. Il a participé à de nombreuses régates : Fastnet, Admirals cup etc... Plus d'infos http:// rbsailing.blogspot.com/2012/12/swuzzlebubble-iii-holland-40.html Coque en composite avec cadre en acier. Le bateau est bon structurellement. Des travaux sont à prévoir : Les deux galhaubans ont été changés en 2018. Prévoir de changer le reste du haubanage. De nombreuses voiles dans diverses états. Prévoir changement des drisses. 7 Winch en bon état. Barre franche. Pilote automatique. Compas. Moteur Bukh DV36 tourne comme une horloge. 6 couchettes, possible 8. Un coin cuisine. Installation électrique à revoir. Plus d'infos et de photos par mail. Très beau bateau, rapide et agréable à naviguer. Faire offre de prix, pas sérieux s'abstenir. Visible à Martigues, photos de l'annonce,



Aout, photo reçue de Patrick, "le One Tonner Swuzzle Bulble est toujours sur le Port à Sec de Martigues, à vendre chez Martigues Courtage",