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Ronita

Vessel Number: HV000082
Date: 1960
Builder: Jeff Clist
Designer: Alan Payne
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 11.12 m x 7.53 m x 2.9 m x 1.43 m (36.48 ft x 24.71 ft x 9.51 ft x 4.69 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
RONITA is a timber racing and cruising yacht built in Sydney NSW in 1960 . RONITA is one of theearly examples of the Tasman Seabird class of ocean racing yacht designed by Alan Payne. It was built by Jeff Clist and took part in some of the early Sydney to Hobart yacht races.
DescriptionRONITA was launched in 1960 and built by Jeff Clist in Sydney. It was built at Clist's home in Dover Heights Sydney for Ron Cottee, who lived in the eastern suburbs as well. The yacht is planked in white beech and is 11.12 metres long. It is sloop rigged.

RONITA sailed in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and other east coast offshore races, as well as being a family cruising yacht for the Cottee family. The Tasman Seabird was designed as a robust vessel to suit the rough conditions that are often experienced around the Australian coast line, so it was well suited to both uses.

Ron Cottee's daughter-in-law Kay Cottee who became the first lady to sail single-handed and complete a circumnaviagtion of the world non-stop learnt about ocean sailing on another Seabird built by her family the McLarens who were friends of the Cottees.

In 2006 RONITA no longer races and it is used as a cruising yacht. It robust construction has ensured it is still a good ocean going yacht.
Vessel Details
Ballast:external
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:not on display
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Propeller:single
Rig type:BermudanBermudianmarconi
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Alternate Numbers

Official Number: 315275

Sail Number: 562

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