who we are

Hello!

Let us introduce ourselves. We are the Loehr Family: Julia and Chris, Felix, Julius, Hugo and Baby Paul James.

 

Julia and Chris on a classic dutch sailing yacht

Julia and Chris on a classic dutch sailing yacht

Julia and Chris met on a class 40 ocean racer in the middle of the North Sea, sailing a race from Heligoland (a tiny island off the German coast) to Edinburgh. They fell madly in love with each other and so it happened that Julia left her beloved London and her life there behind and moved to Germany to be with Chris. They tied the knot, had 2 children and share their passion for sailing and the sea.

 

 

Julius Darßer Bodden

Julius Darßer Bodden

Felix Engelberg/Switzerland

Felix Engelberg/Switzerland

 

Felix and Julius are Chris’ adult sons, both true watermen, no matter if wet or frozen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugo

Hugo sailing …

 

Hugo ist our almost 3 years old son and already a keen sailor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Paul Jamie

 

 

Little Jamie, not even 3 weeks old, our competent crew to be 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layout

is it the right boat?

16 thoughts on “who we are

  1. Tom

    Hi Julia and Chris,

    We (Tom and Cora) Are planning on building an Arrow 1200 too. Our build will start probably in the middle of next year. We have build a farrier trimaran which was finished 7 years ago. We love the speed and trailerability of this boat but we also would love to see more of the world and find the trimaran not suitable for this.
    I’ll be visiting your website regularly and wish you all the best building your Arrow.

    With regards,
    Tom..

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    1. transparency Post author

      Hey Cora and Tom,

      thanks for your interest in our project. Building just started, yeah!!!!
      We also have plans to spend a year or two sailing in about 5 years time. Hope your plans with the arrow will work out!

      Chris

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  2. Marc

    Dear Julia and Chris,
    Congratulations for this amazing project, The arrow 1200 looks a very nice Cat just the tiller detail for the steering doesn’t convince me.
    Do you know the Payload of this cat?
    To konw the price of the kit, where I have to contact in Europe?

    Many thanks in advaance and I wish you all the best building.

    Marc

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    1. Christian Post author

      Hi Marc,

      thanks for your interest in our project. As the building moves on we now were able to see the actual dimensions of the cat. I personally liked the idea of tiller steering but didn´t see a convenient place where the helmsman is supposed to be seated. Now that this area is completed we decided to go for wheel steering. We closed the left window of the main bulkhead and this is where the wheel is going to be installed. See the latest fotos in the gallery.
      Payload – good question. You can ruin the performance of any cat by overloading it. So it´s better to restrain yourself with things you carry but never use. We might get a first figure of the hull weight in autumn or winter. then we can make an estimate of the total weight.
      For a kit quote see the links page, vdL Composites, ask for Inga von der Linden.

      Chris

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  3. ANTHONY

    CHRIS
    My ARROW 12 has just been started in a small catamaran company in Knysna, South Africa . Mine is the second Arrow being built there. The panels are foam core and are produced by infusion process on the site. My builder is also competent in building a carbon mast which I have chosen to use.
    I am using 2x Lombardini 20hp diesels with shaft drives (are you still going hybrid?)
    I am still opting for tillers (I met Jeff Schionning about 3 weeks ago during his visit to Cape Town(where I live)) He,together with my builder and I have made a small adjustment to the helming area and will have a folding helming seat which actual protrudes a little over the side .Also a connecting cross bar between tillers running aft of the main sheet for steering anywhere along the stern. This plus a Garmin Quatix controlled autopilot should do for all helming circumstances.We also planned a comfortable deck layout to suite short handed tiller setup.
    I must compliment you on a very neat build.Your blog is an inspiration to me.
    Best wishes
    ANTHONY BISSET

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    1. Christian Post author

      Hello Anthony,

      Congratulations! Now that I see the dimensions of the cat I am more than convinced that this is a great boat! Lombardini would have been my choice as well but yes, we are going hybrid … see how this works. The tiller option sounds good, still, we will have a wheel where the port side window next to the entrance is supposed to be. To get a better view we intend to cut out a part of the cabin top and fix it with hinges. While steering we can fold it away and close it again when anchoring. Not sure about the details yet but that´s the idea.

      Good luck with your build! Chris

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  4. ANTHONY

    CHRIS
    Jeff has in fact helped a builder in Hawaii use a twin wheel helm option rather like on the ARROW 1360.
    Perhaps you should check it out. I am still going for tillers.
    Regards
    ANTHONY

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    1. Tom

      Hi Chris,

      Any news on the visiting weekend in oktober?

      @ Anthony, I am very interested in the tiller setup, any drawings or pictures

      Regards Tom.

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      1. ANTHONY

        TOM
        No pictures yet (hulls only just starting) Basically as in computer generated renderings from Schionning but extending the floor area at the helming position about 10cm forward and adding a short curved lip extending over the top transom step. Using Eames moulded armchairs on a custom pedestal facing inward and slightly overlapping the gunwale .In conjunction with Jeff I have customized my deck layout(sheets and lines) and especially main traveler lines to be simplified and manageable with one hand from the tiller helming position. In addition there will be a light connecting rod between the tiller running behind the main sheet so that a tiller extension can be attached at will allowing one to steer from anywhere in the cockpit.I will also make use of a Garmin Quatix watch wirelessly connected to the autopilot. The Eames armchairs, will be removable,clipping onto custom legs, and will be used as casual chairs at anchor.
        ANTHONY

        CHRIS
        What progress ? I am very curious.
        ANTHONY

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        1. Eric

          Dear Anthony,

          Do you have pictures of your tillers installation and deck arrangement for solo handed please? I’m in touch with Schionning ZA to have a 1280S built there.
          Thanks.

          Eric / France.

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    1. ANTHONY

      TOM
      Actually no drawings.All were made on scraps of paper and in the dust on the deck of the the cat being built before mine. When my builder gets to routing these sections we will simply stop the computer cutting and fashion those small area by hand afterward.(actually sounds easier than it is but we will cope)
      The Eames chairs are searchable on line.
      ANTHONY

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  5. Bandouq Al Qamzi

    Dear Julia and Chris
    I hope you have nice holiday time, my name is Bandouq Alqamzi from UAE Abu Dhabi, I have also arrow 12 , was build by south African company and delivered by sea last September . I would like please to ask you what engines you have in the boat is it electrical and if yes how efficient is the engines.
    thank you for taking the time to reply when you can .
    regards

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  6. LE GROUMELLEC

    Hi Chris,

    I project to own an Arrow 1280 S. I’m in negociation with Schionning design and an Estern European shipyard for a basic construction that i will equip by myself then in France (i was giant multihulls builder so i have some knowledge and connections). Is there something about conception that you are not happy about or that you regret? Did you finally weighted the boat? How many kilos?
    Ah, and yourgallery is unfortunately empty, so sad as your bullet is also a beauty! 😉
    Best regards.

    Eric.

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    1. Christian Post author

      Hi Eric,
      sorry for the late reply, haven´t been updating the blog for quite a while. By the time we started our project the 1200 was the only available Arrow design. I would have preferred the bunks in the bridgedeck but with the 1200 that was not possible, so today my choice would have been the 1280. The rest is just fine. The ship weighs 4500 lightship. Please let me know when you start building in eastern Europe and how that works.
      The gallery – I just found out, there must have been an update that erased all the pictures – grrr. Must see if I find the time to upload them all again.
      Cheers Chris

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  7. brichart

    Dear,

    I read you blog with great interest.
    My family an I have the intention to buy (or build) a catamaran for one year of blue water cruising.
    Can you contact me (in private ) to give me some information about the budget.
    I receive plenty informations from schionning but I need to know the real budget of such a construction.
    Waiting for your answer

    Brichart cédric
    brichart.cedric@hotmail.be
    Belgium

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