by Michael Giles
Uwe Jaspersen from Carbotech, was appointed to build the Cape31 locally.
Input was gathered from those that had sailed Flame, and it was decided to make some minor changes.
Prior to construction of boat #2, the deck mould was retooled to accommodate:
1) A sliding hatch,
2) A new, simplified mainsheet pod
3) A new companion-way hatch incorporating the jib up/down control system.
This pushed back the launch schedule by 3-4 weeks. To date hulls # 2, 3 & 4 are sailing with hulls # 5 and 6 due to launch in the next weeks, and production for 7 & 8 following asap. The construction time is between 3-4 weeks per boat.
Hurricanes in the USA have caused some minor material and equipment supply issues, but plans are being made to fast-track delivery.