Puffin is a Tradewind 35 designed by John Rock and built by H & T Marine in 1986. A very rugged design with a flush deck, long keel and cutter rig, she has a sea kindly motion and was made for long-distance voyaging.
Tradewind 35 boats were produced in two main variants, with Puffin being the taller mast and bowsprit rigged version.
Puffin has been further strengthened to withstand the rigours of the Southern Ocean and the Golden Globe Race. During 2019 and early 2020 Ian will be refitting Puffin to optimize her sailing systems ready for sea trials and qualifying voyages in 2020 and 2021.
In April 2019 Ian purchased the proven Golden Globe Race yacht Puffin, from Istvan Koper after he completed the 2018 event. By choosing a race-proven boat Ian believes he can greatly increase the chances of success in the 2022 edition.