Tuesday November 13. I am now officially author-ized

Written by Jack van Ommen on November 14th, 2012

I had a look at the first proof of the “De Mastmakersdochters” at the publisher. It needs a little more fine tuning but the book shall be available before the end of the month.

It is cold and foggy. The barometer is at nearly 1030 millibars, about as high as I have ever seen. My twin brother is visiting Holland for a few days, from his home near Hamburg. I am off to the professional marine trade show. The largest of this kind anywhere.



2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Hello Jack,
    I am sorry that I was not at the stand when you visited us. I tried to get your mobile phone number or so from Carl Cramer, but we did not succeed. A pitty as I heard that you have Fleet Wood somewhere in Amsterdam.
    I am about to buy the first Naja we sold to a friend in our club as my friend who inherited her a couple of years ago has not enough time to sail her. She is probably the last non epoxy boat built at Whisstock’s.
    I’d like to get in touch with you but lost your email.

    best wishes

  2. jackvanommen says:

    Hallo Helge,

    Thanks for getting in touch.My mobile phone number is 31-0639884848. I’m sure we’ll get a chance to meet again before I leave here in June. “Fleetwood” was also one of the last NAJA’s which was laminated in resorcinol but the multiplex was coated in the West system. I remember meeting you in Wesel and seeing your NAJA in 1980. I will forward you an e-mail I received from Sylvestre Langevin when I arrived in Bretagne in 2009. You should also report in with Roger Simard who owns the Quebec NAJA. He did a superb rebuild on this boat. See: http://gallery.me.com/simardr#100139 He has a NAJA web site at: http://gallery.me.com/simardr#100139 . I plan to sail to Woodbridge in June and meet several of the other NAJA owners. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that after the over 36,000 sea miles and visiting 49 countries with my NAJA since I left the Pacific West Coast, this 33 year old boat proves Langevin’s expertise, George Whisstocks’s skills, epoxy’s revolution for wooden boats. And I compliment you for recognizing and promoting this in Europe. Herzliche Gruesse!