Ubique of Hobart
Very few boats have the pedigree of Ubique of Hobart both historically and which has spawned a thousand bluewater cruising dreams.
Famed yacht designer, Lyle C Hess, originally based the design for Ubique (pronounced U-bee-qway) on the legendary Bristol Pilot Cutter – the epitome of yacht design in the mid 1800s to early 1900s.
These boats had to be incredibly quick, yet highly seaworthy to race out to the incoming tall ships that were desperate for an experienced sailor to take the helm and pilot the valuable ship to safety through the notorious Bristol Channel.
Each Pilot Cutter raced it’s peers to reach the incoming ship first – where the prize was the piloting job. This started an ‘arms race’ of boat technology that was the precursor to today’s modern yacht racing – making the design incredibly important.
In the late 1960s, American yacht designer, Lyle C Hess, used this knowledge to create a series of boats which were incredibly seaworthy, yet had an impressive turn of speed – especially in light winds.
Renegade of Newport, based in California was one such boat, and it caught the eye of a young Larry Pardey – who was a ambitious young sailor looking for adventure.
Between Lyle and Larry the plans for Serrafyn were born, and Larry successfully built the boat by hand and sailed her with his wife Lin for over 10 years – circumnavigating the world in the process.
Looking for something bigger and more capable, the Pardeys once again called on Lyle C Hess for their next boat – Taleisin – which has safely taken them over 200,000 nautical miles.
Ubique is a sister ship to Taleisin, being commissioned by Brad Hampton via the famous Shipwrights Point School of Wooden Boat Building at Franklin, here in Tasmania. The name Ubique is linked to the military, with a poem written by Rudyard Kipling sharing the same name. It is believed that Mr. Hampton served in the Australian Army – hence the link.
The boat was built in 2002 from a selection of high grade Huon Pine, Celery Top, Blue Gum and Teak, and features several quality boat building techniques not normally found. This was due to the boat being used as a case study of exemplary boat building etiquette as part of the Wooden Boat School’s curriculum.
In the late 2000s, the boat left Tasmanian waters bound for Melbourne, where it was berthed for several years, until previous owners Chris Brearley and Jo Naylor rescued the boat and brought her back to the Channel. Ubique was given some TLC by Chris and Jo, bringing her up to the immaculate standard you see today. Ubique formed the basis for their sail charter business ‘Sail Bruny’ which has successfully introduced hundreds of people to the joys of wooden sailing boats.
During the time at Sail Bruny, Ubique also managed to star in a hit TV series on Australian TV, along with making the passage to the Great Barrier Reef.
In mid 2018, David and Michelle Shering purchased Ubique to begin preparations for their own circumnavigation upon retiring.