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Denman Marine Newsletter

Hi Denman Marine, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter.


In this month's newsletter we have:

  • Class Globe 5.80
  • Spotlight - Teardrop Camper
  • Special - FREE Galley Module
  • Build Updates

If there is anything you would like to see in our future newsletters, discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our website.

The 2025 Mini Globe Race is approaching fast, keep an eye on the ClassGlobe 5.80 Facebook page for updates. Dan Turner from Adelaide has just returned from his 320nm trip to Port Lincoln and back in preperation for the big race, jump over to his Facebook page to see his journey so far.

The McIntyre ClassGlobe 5.80 is a SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, Extreme weather ocean capable, easily handled, FUN to sail (and build) fully self-righting yacht.

Denman Marine is the Australian kit cutting agent for the Class Globe 5.80. We have already cut several kits and currently we can supply the below components, with more to follow:

•    CNC cut plywood and solid timber components.
•    Stringer chine log kit
•    Floor timbers including CNC cut MDF templates
•    CNC cut MDF templates for poly-carbonate windows
•    3D CNC machined ballast plug

We can also supply quality West System epoxy resins and fillers at very reasonable prices.

Head over to our website for further details and get in touch with us today for more details and to discuss your Class Globe 5.80. For those who are serious about joining the Class Globe 5.80 family, the first step is to BUY the Plans and get your hull registration number, then drop by our website and order your kit.

A "teardrop" trailer is a small camper. The name comes from the streamlined shape, and the type dates back at least to the 1930's. As cars get smaller, storage space more expensive, and recreational time more precious, a new appreciation is growing for the efficiency of a really good Teardrop Camper.

A fan of small boats, small cars, and small houses, designer John C. Harris found the concept of a teardrop camper irresistible.  "Think of it as a big step up from a tent in terms of comfort and utility.  But it's so compact and light that I could tow it behind my Mini Cooper.  Even the smallest 'traditional' RV trailers are going to require at least a mid-sized tow vehicle, and will make a giant dent in your gas mileage."
Teardrops have always been available as build-your-own projects.  You can find ads for kits and plans in old magazines from the 1930's and 40's. Some of these are pretty sophisticated, but most are clumsily-built, and look and feel cheap.  "What if we take the same boatbuilding materials and techniques we've been refining for 25 years at Chesapeake Light Craft and build a teardrop trailer? And the same sculptural approach that we bring to boat design?" Harris asks.  

The result is the 5' x 8' (1.5 x 2.4m) teardrop you see here, and it's a lot more elegant than the common "canned ham" teardrop designs. Drawn around a 60 x 80" (1.5 x 2m) air mattress, this little camper is small on the outside but surprisingly roomy on the inside.  Two adults up to 6'6" (198cm) can stretch out in great luxury.  Large doors on both sides and a 15" square hatch on the roof provide easy access and copious ventilation.  There's room for a 12-volt electrical system to run lights, fans, a stereo, and charging plugs for devices.
A large galley occupies the locker in the rear of the trailer.  While this space could be customized in many different ways, staff designer Dillon Majoros has devised a brilliant shelving unit that drops in as a separate module, and which we'll offer as a kit option. For car-camping or tailgating, this will be a giant improvement over a tent.  No fooling around setting up a tent:  arrive at destination. Park. Open door. Climb in. Go to sleep. Please note, due to availability issues Australian Galley Module kits include a standard gaboon plywoood face rather than Sapele veneered face.

While a trailer won't be included in the kit package, one of the key features of the design is that it can fitted on nearly any trailer. "The architecture lends itself to fitting on just about anything with wheels.  Boat trailers, flatbeds, whatever.  Just bolt it down and go." -John Harris
The Teardrop Camper Integrated Cargo Carrier increases storage capacity to a cavernous 23 cubic feet (0.66m3) - comparable to a contemporary hatchback - while adding only 9" (23cm) of height to the complete package. The cargo volume is divided into five flexible storage compartments so you can organize and stow your gear as you see fit. It's an easy retrofit if you already have a Teardrop Camper, or you can build it alongside your Teardrop Camper project.

Head over to our Teardrop Camper page for further details and to place your order. Also, be sure to checkout our special this month for the Teardrop Camper (see below). Otherwise please dont hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

This month all Teardrop Camper Kits come with a FREE Galley Module valued at $550.


So head on over to our Teardrop Camper page for further details and to place your order today.

This offer is valid from 24/05/24 till 30/06/24. Applicable only to base and wood parts only kits. Shipping within Australia and New Zealand is tailored to suit individual orders and will be quoted separately.

Denman Marine is Chesapeake Light Craft's Australia and New Zealand agent for their fantastic range of DIY kits. There is a huge selection of over sixty designs, including kayaks, canoes, rowing and sailing boats and even a teardrop camper. Below you can find a few recent examples of what our builders have been up to, then head on over to our Chesapeake Light Craft page to grab a bargain on your next project.

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