The Boat

Designed by boat builder John Rock in the UK, ‘Betty” was moulded by Blondecell, in 1993, then fitted out by John Rock for his own use.

She has a strong ocean pedigree and is highly regarded as a yacht that looks after her crew. A total of 78 were built and you can still order a new one from the current builder in Holland (Tradewind The price is $500,000! When I mentioned the possibility of securing a “Tradewind 35” for the VOI to Jessica Watson, asking what she thought.. she loves them! “I might be a little biased, as I was a little bit in love with a Tradewind 35 when I first started planning to sail solo around with world.” said Jess. After considering a few possible boats, we settled on it. WE are the fourth owners.


L.O.A 35 feet / 10.67 metres
L.W.L. 25 feet 10 inches / 7.87 metres
BEAM 10 feet 6 inches / 3.2 metres
DRAUGHT 5 feet 6 inches / 1.68 metres
DISPLACEMENT 8.68 tons / 8,819 kilograms
MAST HEIGHT 43 feet 3 inches / 13.2 metres
WATER CAPACITY 75 gallons / 340 litres
FUEL CAPACITY 40 gallons / 182 litres
BALLAST 3.7 tons / 3,759 kilograms

The Tradewind 35 is a well known ocean cruising yacht, with a 30 year pedigree. This successful John Rock design incorporates all those well tried qualities which inspire complete confidence. With a long keel and heavy displacement, solid GRP hull with encapsulated internal ballast and a balsa/ply cored deck, it is the ultimate ocean voyager. The Tradewind 35 possess exceptional sea keeping and handling characteristics, which makes her a pleasure to sail. She is fast, safe and comfortable.

The Tradewind 35 has an efficient cutter rig, which offers exceptional sailing performance, ensuring fast passage making to any corner of the globe. The Tradewind 35 is a pleasure to sail, remaining light on the helm at all points, with accurate tracking, making her ideal for wind vane steering.

Deck arrangement
The external arrangement of the Tradewind 35 offers a flush deck for ease of sail handling and cruising convenience. A deep cockpit aft, gives security and protection against the elements.

As you would expect with a yacht of this pedigree, the accommodation below is designed for comfort afloat and practicality when under way. Utilising the skills of experienced craftsmen they are built to uncompromising standards. The teak trim and attention to detail are evident throughout. The layout provides a spacious saloon boasting over six foot headroom, a galley with large work areas and a chart table ideally positioned for the navigator's comfort. Further forward the roomy, well-appointed grp shower/ head compartment complements the luxurious owners cabin and adjacent locker area.

With wheel steering and a Bukh 24hp diesel engine, driving a three bladed propeller, the vessel is easily manoeuvred in harbour and adequately powered to meet the varied needs of an ocean cruising yacht.