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Roberts TOM THUMB 24 or 26 or 28
This is one of my favourite designs. Long waterline length, enough displacement so that it won't be thrown around by waves and swell, shoal draft, strong and very economical to build. No wonder it is so popular. It can be built utilising frameless steel construction techniques, the object being to provide the undoubted strength of steel while allowing the construction to be kept relatively light. The plans for the Tom Thumb are only available for multi-chine steel or aluminium construction.

With a beam of  3.15 meters and headroom of 1.9 meters the interior is very large for a vessel this size. Her hull speed is a fraction over 6 knots. This vessel will take you anywhere you are capable of taking her. The large scale plans include full size frame patterns and you will find this boat an ideal first steel boatbuilding project.

 

TOM THUMB 24

TOM THUMB 26

TOM THUMB 28
L.O.A

7.26 m
23'   10"

7.92 m
25'  11"

8.53 m
28'  0"
L.W.L.

6.70 m
22'   0"

7.24 m
23'    9"

7.47 m
24'  6"
BEAM

2.92 m
9'   6"

3.15 m
10'    4"

3.05 m
10'-0"
DRAFT

1.22 m
4'  0"

1.22 m
4'    0"

1.37 m
4'   6"
DISPLACEMENT

3,590 kg
7,900 lb

4,082 kg
9,000 lb

5,103 kg
11,250 lb
BALLAST

1,194 kg
2,633 lb

1,360 kg
3,000 lb

1,700 kg
3,7250 lb
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Tony Fountain, ( former owner of Spray 33 and founder of Austalian Spray Society ) recently purchased a Roberts Tom Thumb steel cutter called “Seerauber”, has set off for New Zealand. Accompanying him, as crew, is his daughter Kylie. Life not exciting enough for you Tony?   Good luck and fair winds.

 

Here is some history about Tony's Tom Thumb
She was built (I think) in Lakes Entrance (Victoria) in 1996 and the gentleman I purchased her from, Mr Don Modra, sailed her back from there to Adelaide with his son. He was telling me that on the passage home, they had up to 25' waves (the coastline from Geelong to Warrnambool is not called "the wreck coast for nothing!) and she took them all in her stride. As I said earlier, a great little sea boat and correspondence I have had recently with TT24 owners in Europe and America bear this out time and time again.

On the 6th May 2005, she had her sails run up in Sydney waters for the first time and she is now moored contentedly in Burraneer Bay, in the beautiful Port Hacking region of southern Sydney.

Tony is now setting off on some offshore voyaging in his Tom Thumb and we will keep you posted on his travels.

 

Tom Thumb "Sisu" sailing on Lake Champlain
 
 

 

Australian built Tom Thumb "ARION"

 

 

Dear Bruce, A friend took the photo in October 1996 sailing in Queensland waters just south of Gladstone.  The hull and deck were professionally built there for a friend who could not finish it so I bought it and fitted it out myself with the very best of everything.  It is a fantastic little sea-boat.  I sail alone most of the time and never steer. The fully battened main and other sails from a top racing loft helps performance too. 

However, I like alternative rigs - I have a friend with a junk rigged Tom Thumb 24, \"Minke\", and have sailed in company for hundreds of miles, comparing the rigs.  I walk away from \"Minke\" in light head-winds and smooth seas.  In boisterous open sea conditions to windward I always fall off onto a very close reach (45 degrees apparent) and then there is very little in it. 

Downwind we are evenly matched.  I can creep away at times because I have no inboard engine and do not drag a propeller, but if we have to throw in a gybe or two to clear a reef etc, "Minke" gets ahead while I am running around changing headsail poles from one side to the other and resetting guys etc. 

If you want to direct Australian clients to have a look at "Arion" you would be welcome, I keep the boat at the Breakwater Marina, Townsville, and won't be off cruising again for a couple of years or so.  Graham Cox  Townsville QLD 4810 Australia,  Cheers  Graham Cox 

 

Here is a picture of my Tom Thumb.
She is a delightful boat! Thanks again, John Larkum

 

 

Hi,
I just wanted to write a quick note regarding my Margarita, a Tom Thumb
design built by my uncle; John Larkum.  I sailed her for over 5000 miles
last year including Mexico, the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Rio Dulce in
Guatemala (where the attached picture was taken), as well as Belize and
the east coast of the states from virginia to the Florida Keys.  What a
trip!!  I was gone for a little over 8 months.  I am currently in the
eastern carribean on another boat, but have definite plans to get back to
Virginia, where Margarita is hauled out awaiting my attention.  You have
two pictures of her alreqdy on your website, so I thought maybe we could
add one more.  Cheers from St. Barths.

Richard Larkum
PO BOX 1281
Gloucester Point VA 23062

Another Tom Thumb hull almost ready for launching.
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