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Richard wrote at 2008-10-07 05:29:15
They are popular in WA and are virtually impossible to blow over.  They will lay right over but as soon as the pressure drops up and at 'em.  Perth Y. C. etc. will be the go.


Steve wrote at 2008-10-31 05:04:39
I'm pretty sure that the Red Jacket is one of a 'breed' of trailerable little yachts made in Western Australia in the late 60s or early 70s. They included the Red Witch (slightly larger than the Red Jacket) and the Red Baron (a catamaran). Don't know who made them. I think that the height of the mast of the Red Jacket was made to pass under the bridges on the Swan River without having to be lowered.


Charlie Caw wrote at 2008-12-05 14:59:02
Hi Myles,

I owned a Red Jacket in the early 80s and it was an old yacht then. I dare say there would still be quite a few still sailing on the swan river WA, there were other yachts in the same family these being Red Witch And red baron. why not try contact any of the sailing clubs around Perth. Good luck  Charlie  PS she sailed like a dream.


Renaissance Man wrote at 2009-01-31 12:55:51
Hey Myles,



Don't know if you will even read this as you posted more than a year ago, but how are you going with sailing the little Red Jacket?



They were made in Western Australia in the eighties, I believe, my parents owned one back then.



I actually have recently bought one (in Victoria) and am finding it a great simple little yacht.



Chris.


Chris wrote at 2009-03-29 08:28:05
Dear Keith,

I previously owned a red Jacket (about 7 years ago).I currently aquired one in a bit of sad state and under going renovations.I can  tell you it was built in western Australia.

The builders name can be found on the cabin just

below the window (both sides).it's a faint indent

in the gelcoat.circular insignia that reads "KEN  & HILL CAMERON YACHTS WESTERN AUSTRALIA".

The builder is no longer in business.I have asked a friend i WA to make enquiries regarding information.

I'm trying to convert to balast centerboard for

easier trailing.



regards,

Chris  


indytrader wrote at 2009-05-09 22:39:26
Red Jacket Yachts were manufactured in the 1970s in WA. The same manufacturer also made red witch and red eagle yachts. If the yacht in question is a red jacket it would be 17' 5.18m. The red witch is 19' and the Red Eagle slighly longer? They were manufactured by Hill&Cameron in Perth and designed to fit under the bridges at Fremantle and access the ocean. Red witches are raced in Perth by 4 or 5 clubs one being The South of Perth Yacht Club.




George wrote at 2010-01-01 14:20:26
I just came across this Q & A on Red Jacket Yachts. I hope there is still a little interest in the subject. I was the owner of the first Red Jacket built in Australia. She was christened Yantra and was launched at the Royal Perth Yacht Club in late 1968. The builder was Ken Hill who imported a Red Jacket from Sweden to Perth and used it to make the moulds. Hill was unable to cast a keel in time so a little bit of Sweden was bolted on to Yantra. She had a white hull, mustard topside and the mast could be lowered to pass under the bridges. I added 2 backstays, flew a spinnaker and raced her at RPYC. I sold her in the early '70s.

George


Armo wrote at 2012-01-28 06:40:16
Hello Yes Im pleased to say I have just purchased a beautiful Red Jacket in great condition. She is moored however and I am looking for a trailer for her to move if ever needed. I believe a Flying fifteen trailer will do the job just great, so if anyone out there has an old trailer for sale or not being used perhaps we can discuss business...

Would really appreciate any help.

Email address is charles.armstrong2@bigpond.com and my location is Injune Queensland. If I get the right trailer, travel would be no Objection to NSW Qld or Vic.

thank you

Armo


Rick Bennett wrote at 2012-03-15 22:36:14
Hi,

I had the pleasure - and the thrills - of sailing  Red Jacket "Golden Screw" with the owner Army Captain Tony White from Sydney to Hobart in 1971.

Too small to race, we set off 24 hrs ahead of the fleet on Christmas Day 1971.

9 days, 8 hrs and 22.5 minutes later we arrived at Constitution Dock.

Highlights of the trip ? Surfing down 22 foot waves for 12 hours passing Bega to Gabo using main and tiny tri sail - what a hoot !!



The Red Jacket didn't fail us !!


tony white wrote at 2012-10-19 12:11:29
Hi to all you red jacket followers -tony white here - just adding a bit here to the post by Rick Bennett on15th March this year have been looking for him now for at least 20 years just to make contact --email 'reveille2@bigpond.com or 02 6662 8804 (FNNSW).Prio to actually launching I had the original builder Ken Hill add an extra shoe (steel of course) to the bottom of the original keel, I also had added twin forestays --(one of the best bits of forethought that ever happened  to this tiny tacker, I also had twin backstays and the mast was reduced by two feet. Headsail and main were built accordingly, later I also had  several additional sasilas made specifically and huge 4 ounce Genoa sheeting home on a winch just 6 inches forrad of the stern when used I downed the main and it was VERY good - this was huge for the red J as one can imagine but it gave me forward movement in the slightest of airs. NOT used above 8kts true-- NOT even running poled out just too controlling. when off to Tasssie I had aboard a marine radio small 2 pwerson liferaft - both on loan , Full storm gear + another 5 headsails of verying size for the various conditions and four kites the largest being a 3 ozz 18 footer kite and the smallest being a 3 ounce flying ant - with s/s luffs in the smallet kite which was what we used to cross Bass St. with a typicl howling NE'ter behind us from Gabo to about 50 miles off Cape. must go will find this site agin and tell more laterhappy to chat to anyperson wanting help with a RJ absolutekly TOP wee boat.


Tony wrote at 2013-02-15 23:11:48
I have a Red Jacket on Lake Macquarie NSW. Orange hull faded, I gave her a two pack epoxy paint job four years ago and she still looks like she was built yesterday. Apart from that I can't believe how cheap she has been to run. Getting her on the trailer is a job and a half so I keep her on a mooring and once a year slip her for a clean up. No osmosis or leaks. I think I would like to get new sails done soon but she gives the impression she will be around for another 40 years. I had heard the rumours that one had gone Syd to Hob so that is fascinating. I have never taken her out on open sea so I am encouraged to hear about that adventure.


Tony wrote at 2013-02-15 23:12:09
I have a Red Jacket on Lake Macquarie NSW. Orange hull faded, I gave her a two pack epoxy paint job four years ago and she still looks like she was built yesterday. Apart from that I can't believe how cheap she has been to run. Getting her on the trailer is a job and a half so I keep her on a mooring and once a year slip her for a clean up. No osmosis or leaks. I think I would like to get new sails done soon but she gives the impression she will be around for another 40 years. I had heard the rumours that one had gone Syd to Hob so that is fascinating. I have never taken her out on open sea so I am encouraged to hear about that adventure.


Graham wrote at 2013-05-06 13:02:06
Hi Tony, I have a Red Jacket and it got messed up during a storm last October while on a mooring. Finally got to fixing it and was surprised the fibreglassing wasn't as hard as first thought. The timber gunnels were a bit worse for ware so I took the remaining pieces off and binned them. Now I have been trying to source some aluminium toe rail or some rubber gunnel strip to replace but not easy to find. I thought I was going to have to steam some timber to make the bend but some jarrah 19x19 quad section and some 30x12 flat worked OK with dry bending. Hope it all holds together when it gets launched next. Will deffinately modify the trailer so the keel locates centrally as it nearly tipped over when the keel lodged on the cross arm trying to retrieve on the trailer. Cheers. Graham


Wayne wrote at 2013-07-10 03:41:00
I bought a RJ last year here in Adelaide and am in the process of rejuvenating her she's called "West Wind" and has a new sail with no number on so if anyone can let me know the history that would be great - Loving her simplicity alost as good as my other love the Hunter 19ft. Cheers Wayne


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