"Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

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"Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

Osbert Lancaster 2756
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As Walkabout owner I'm fascinated by this new design John Welsford is working on; building as he designs: Long Steps 

"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
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Re: "Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

Rick Thompson 3094
I'm fascinated too, Osbert. JW addresses some of the issues of Walkabout and I'm waiting to see the plans. I hope that features such as the raised forward sleeping area could be retro-fitted to Walkabout. The draining sleeping area would get the bed out of the bilge, making wet weather camping easier to manage.
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RE: "Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

andrewshort3322
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Hi Osbert and Rick,
 
I think most JW watchers were expecting a stretched Scamp, as had been argued for on the Woodenboat forum. The Scamp/Walkabout hybrid was a surprise. Is it intended for single occupancy, or occasional two up?
 
Andrew S


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I'm fascinated too, Osbert. JW addresses some of the issues of Walkabout and I'm waiting to see the plans. I hope that features such as the raised forward sleeping area could be retro-fitted to Walkabout. The draining sleeping area would get the bed out of the bilge, making wet weather camping easier to manage.


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RE: "Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

Osbert Lancaster 2756
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Andrew

I've just re-read the whole thread on Woodenboat forum, there's no mention of sleeping two. But a stretched walkabout can believe.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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RE: "Long Steps": Welsford crosses Walkabout & Scamp to circumnavigate New Zealand's North Island

andrewshort3322
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Thanks for the link Osbert.
 
I think the initial conversation started 6 - 12 months earlier, started by some WB regulars and a comment from Dylan Winter asking if there was going to be a 15/16ft Scamp for his old age sailing.
 
From what I remember of older discussions, the original design was Tread Lightly, 13/14ft. I think Scamp needed to be a bit shorter to avoid some US registration limit. There's a very long threat on the WB forum, 'Scamp Envy'? thats been running for a few years and documents the development. By all accounts it's an amazingly capable boat.
 
Scratch/Walkabout looks more of a Ferrari by comparison. Long Steps may be a tricky compromise between the two, but JW is obviously a very talented designer.
 
I have greatly enjoyed reading about your exploits in Scratch and Selkie, many thanks for taking the trouble to document for the rest of us.
 
Andrew


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