Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
RM: You have had 'White Rabbit' at sea for a few months now. What are your impressions? FV: "Fantastic! I am very proud to be on the White Rabbit and I think it has been a great project for everyone involved." RM: How long have you been involved with this build? FV: "For the last year and a half -- non stop although for the first few months I came and went back and then pretty much since late last year when I went down to Tasmania full-time. Before then I have been corresponding with the owner about building this yacht. It was only really two years ago I saw the model of the trimaran, I realised we were dealing with a real yacht with yacht standards and this was the real thing." RM: How was it being in the yard and working with North West Bay Ships? FV:"Great. Itwasabitofalongwaytogoall the way down there. I hadn't thought of Tasmania to be building yachts. I knew Incat were building ferries there. However, after we got there and settled in, my Chief Engineer and I were amazed at the drive that everyone was putting into the building of the boat and everyone was proud of what they were building. You could feel it and they were so keen on doing the best job that they could do and pleasing us. It was their first yacht and so they were getting a lot of direction from outside, but in our opinion, the workmanship is as good as any yards I have seen in Europe." RM: What yards in Europe would you compare the quality of the standard that White Rabbit was built to? 114 | ocean CAPTAIN'S LOG Captain François Voisin is a Frenchman with over 25 years experience sailing as captain on a variety of vessels in the superyacht industry. Additionally, adding to his impressive experience and skill base, he used to be a commercial pilot flying different turboprop aircraft and seaplanes between Alaska and Central America. He was recently the build Captain for the Tasmanian built, brand new North West Bay Ships 61 metre Trimaran motor yacht. I caught up with François during his very busy schedule on the yacht's inaugural visit to Sydney whilst on its maiden voyage, in order to gain his impressions of the revolutionary e-motion series Trimaran he now commands. BY Richard Morris Captain's Profile: François Voisin, Master of 'White Rabbit'
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