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J.R. (Rod) Macalpine-Downie
1934-1986
J.R. (Rod) Macalpine-Downie
by Dick Gibbs, his design partner (beginning in 1964).
(from Buccaneer website)

J.R. (Rod) Macalpine-Downie
Born, Appin, Argyll, Scotland.
His father, a specialist in hypervelocity artillery shells was also an offshore sailor.
Rod attended Eton where he majored in Biology and won the King’s Scholar Award. He considered a career as a concert violinist.
While chicken farming in Scotland in 1961, he saw a Shearwater Cat and although he never designed a boat, concluded he could do a better job. The first boat was Thai MK4 which won all six races of the 1962 European, One of a Kind' regatta. He followed that with the winning of the first International Catamaran Challenge in 1963, and had seven more consecutive wins.
He was the first developer of the 'UNA' rig and wing masts. A series of 'Crossbow' designs won 5 consecutive competitions. Players Fastest sailboat, Trophies at a top official speed of 41 knots, the last of which sailed in 1984, unofficially at 60+ knots. At the time of his death, a new crossbow was underway, which he believed was capable of 70+ knots.
The partnership with Dick Gibbs in 1964, sealed with a handshake, put 80 boats in to commercial production, resulting in 15,000+ boats. Of all his designs, it is probably the BUCCANEER that ended up being the most popular and commercially successful.
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
SHARK CATAMARAN 20.00' / 6.10m 1963
DINGO 15 15.00' / 4.57m 1963
BARRACUDA 13 13.00' / 3.96m 1964
YACHTING WORLD CATAMARAN 15.50' / 4.72m 1964
MAN-O-WAR 15 (CHRYSLER) 15.00' / 4.57m 1964
PHOENIX 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1964
UPSTART 16 16.50' / 5.03m 1967
IROQUOIS 30 MKII 30.00' / 9.14m 1968
BUCCANEER 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1968
SIDEWINDER 16 15.50' / 4.72m 1969
COPPERHEAD 14 13.75' / 4.19m 1970
APACHE 45 45.00' / 13.72m 1970
APACHE 41 40.83' / 12.44m 1970
MUTINEER 15 15.00' / 4.57m 1972
NAVAHO 46 46.00' / 14.02m 1972
BANDIT 15 15.25' / 4.65m 1972
BANDIT 17 17.00' / 5.18m 1972
MUSKETEER 17 16.50' / 5.03m 1973
CHEROKEE 35 35.00' / 10.67m 1973
PIRATEER 13 (CHRYSLER) 13.00' / 3.96m 1974
WHIP 17 17.00' / 5.18m 1974
DAGGER 14 (CHRYSLER) 14.50' / 4.42m 1976
AZTEC 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1977
COMANCHE 32 (SAILCRAFT) 32.18' / 9.81m 1978
STARWIND 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1982
STARWIND 15 15.00' / 4.57m 1984
GLOUCESTER 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1985
GLOUCESTER 15 15.00' / 4.57m 1987
ULTIMATE CONCEPTS 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1989



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