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A design virtuoso and degreed mechanical engineer trained at California State Polytechnic University, John Marples has drafted more than forty sail and power vessels, pleasure and commercial, ranging from 7 to 64 feet.
His sailing experience includes five Pacific Ocean crossings and one Atlantic crossing as well as racing, cruising and deliveries for more than 30,000 blue water miles. Aboard Bacchanal , his Searunner 37 trimaran, he set a corrected time record of just over 8 days in the 1972 Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii.
His boats have won the OSTAR Small Boat Class in 2005, and also bested the fleet in the Virginia to Bermuda Trawler Trek in that same year. His 27’ DC-3 Swing-wing trimaran design won WoodenBoat magazine’s 2011 Design Challenge. That magazine also reviewed his Seaclipper 10 design in (issue 227, JulyAug 2012) written by Jim Brown.
John is recognized by the sailing community as the author of numerous magazine articles and he’s taught with Jim Brown several times at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. He’s built five vessels longer than 20’, including two U.S. Coast Guard certified passenger power catamarans. In addition to building boats, John has built three experimental aircraft and spent over 700 hours flying on both coasts and across the country.