Les Crawford built Journeyman in his suburban backyard but after launching decided it was too short for his needs and built a longer boat to the same design. To fund the new build, Journeyman was sold to his friend Carl Wesson in 1971 who sailed Journeyman extensively with their young family from 1969 till 1992. In 1992 they, with a family friend, crossed the Pacific and did the coconut milk run including New Zealand.
Off Lord Howe Island, Journeyman was caught by cyclone Fran and suffered sail damage and engine swamping and was towed to Coffs Harbor for repairs. In 1999, Journeyman was bought by Zed and Fey Frazer who made an extensive refit before they themselves made another coconut milk run. They lived aboard and cruised till they made Tasmania in 2008 when Journeyman was again offered for sale. In 2012, Martin Kell bought Journeyman and while refitting has cruised locally in Southern Tasmania.
Journeyman has been found to be a very sea kindly ketch comfortable in Tasmania’s changeable conditions, she sits well at anchor and evokes the romance of traditional sailing with heavily raked masts and lots of varnish, bronze and brass that always attracts attention and kind comment. Below decks the extensive Teak and Mahogany interior is richly varnished and oiled to give a gentlemanly civilized ambiance.