The Schionning Arrow 1200
I first came across the Schionning Catamaran designs about 10 years ago. At that time I sailed a Balticat 42, built by Stephan Hüttermann in Northern Germany. I bought it used, a good sailing boat, fast and well proven on two Atlantic crossings.
I really loved my Balticat but somehow had the feeling that some day I have to build my dreamboat.
I started searching the internet and pretty soon stumbled upon Schionning Marine, at that time pretty much unknown in Europe. Their designs fascinated me from the beginning on and they had a unique construction technique. The hulls and bridgedeck were a 90 % flat panel construction which made it fairly easy to build even larger catamarans. The downside – the kits were only available in Australia.
The Schionning designs moved on and became better and better. The first G-Force was absolutely stunning. However, the building process with curved hulls seemed very complex. But then came the Arrow 1200.
It was my ship from first sight. Right size, sleek design and a 100 % flat panel construction. I thought “some day …” only to learn a few days later, that the kit is now available in Europe. VDL Composites (Wesel/Germany) started the DUFLEX panel production in cooperation with ATL Composites (Australia) and are now able to deliver a complete Schionning Design kit within 4 weeks. That really hit me! I visited the Düsseldorf boat fair to talk to Inga from VDL. Everything looked really good, the kit price was reasonable, so we made our decision.
Questions came up: When, where, who, how …? First I thought of building it all by myself, with the help of my two adult sons and friends. I even found a building site about 15 minutes away. But with my job, little Hugo and baby Jamie this seemed a little to much. So I asked Stephan from Balticat if he would help me an yes, he does! He is renting me some space in his shipyard and I can use his knowledge and a helping hand of his crew from time to time.
So this is how things are at the moment. I will keep you updated how everything is going on.