Jeremy Stockley

Previous owner

Chris Bowman

Club sail number

RF 98

Length and Beam

LOA: 8.3m LWL 5.95m Beam: 2.3m

Keel/Centreboard and draft

Keel 1.2m



Chris Bowman


One design


Chris Bowman (Malabar Boatworks)

Build location and year

Bicton 1996

Cabin/Open etc

Fully decked with cabin


Gaff sloop

Sail area

28.2m2 (Jib 10, Main 18.2)


Hull: Carvel planked Nyatoh.
Cabin: Nyatoh.
Deck: Laid and caulked Queensland Beech.
Mast: Oregon with bronze fitting and fastenings


LEMCO Type 170 electric inboard motor operating at up to 24V and 2.4kW. 24V 180Ah LiFePO battery bank

DoT Registration

AV 365

Radio callsign

FG 3771


Hakuna Matata was built by Chris Bowman in Bicton to his own design and owned by him until acquired by the present owner in 1998. She was originally moored on Blackwall Reach. Her electric motor was installed in 2002 and she moved to a pen at Pier 21 Marina to access shore-power for recharging, and then to RFBYC in 2012.

Her rig is designed to permit her to pass under the Fremantle bridges under sail, with the gaff lowered only to transit the railway bridge.

Her rig was modified in 2014 with lengthened bowsprit and gaff and new sails.