• Grendel Relocates

    The one that started it all, Grendel was last seen in Santa Cruz Small Boat Harbor looking sad and in
    search of a new owner... Well, apparently she has a new home and it's in Alameda! She's is looking great
    and we'll track down the details later this week, but here are some pretty pics of her looking healthy and happy!

    Some history on Grendel from the 2010 article: Moore-phing Into Another Decade

    It’s a bright, sunny afternoon in early October 2010 and a fleet of 30 Moore 24s are sailing their North Americans out of Santa Cruz Yacht Club. I’m in the hills above Santa Cruz and I’m standing in a redwood grove on the spot where the plug for a boat named Grendel, the predecessor to the Moore 24, was almost destroyed. Grendel was designed and built by the legendary yacht designer George Olson with his friend Wayne Kocher in an effort to capitalize even further on the success they had had with a previous boat named Sopwith Camel.

    According to John Moore, one of the partners in Moore Sailboats at the time, “George got his inspiration for Grendel from a drawing that he saw in a Herreshoff book. You know how it is looking at the line drawings in a book? It’s to scale. They just eyeballed the drawings I think.” Grendel was designed by taking the mathematical data from the lines they drew from the book and plugging them into a computer that was the size of a house located at Cabrillo College, making Grendel one of the first sailboats to use a computer in the design. John’s brother Ron adds, “George was in love with this model boat that he had, it had these apple-cheek bows, and that’s what he put onto Grendel.”

    George and Wayne were each going to build a boat off of the male mold, but during the construction of Wayne’s hull, the barn where it was being stored burnt to the ground and the boat was reduced to cinders. John Moore recalls, “They built two fiberglass hulls and one of them, Wayne’s, was towed up to Bassano’s (the barn), and the mold was thrown over the bank… then the barn burnt down, and Wayne lost the boat.” Luckily, Grendel was safe and sound down in the Santa Cruz Harbor. Project development was on hold.

    Grendel was sailed enthusiastically almost every Wednesday night, and its intended purpose of being a fun and fast boat to sail was realized. John adds, “At that time, the interest for boats under 30 feet was called M-O-R-C, so George campaigned Grendel and it was a fairly successful boat, and he found the shortcomings. It needed a little more keel and a little more beam.” The male mold sat unused up under the redwoods in the hills above Santa Cruz. Ron Moore to the rescue!

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