Stormbird was designed and built by Gotfred (Pop) Jorgensen in Waikawa Bay, Picton, New Zealand and was launched in 1981. Pop emigrated from Denmark to New Zealand in 1955 and over the years, with his son Finn established a boatbuilding business with a reputation for building strong, high quality timber boats. Designed along traditional Danish lines Stormbird is flush decked, canoe sterned and has a stepped sheer line. She was built over seven years during Pop’s retirement, with the view to coastal and Pacific cruising for he and his wife Phyllis. His love of boat building is clearly evident in the boats mature lines and details. I purchased Stormbird from Finn’s widow, Natalie, in 1999. She is unmodified from her original plans. A cutter rigged bermudian sloop, she carries her original timber mast and wooden spars. Stormbird has teak decks. Her hull is framed in Karri and planked with New Zealand kauri.
During the 17 years I have owned her I have done two circumnavigations of New Zealand’s North Island and countless miles in the Marlborough Sounds and the North Island’s north east coast.
In 2015 I fitted a new Beta 38 engine to replace the Volvo MD3B along with a Featherstream 3 blade feathering prop.
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