Circumnavigating in a Moore 24

Maybe you're thinking to yourself "this is the year I break out the bow and stern pulpits and lifelines, see if my running lights work, and have a go at the DHF. How bad can it be to sit on a Moore 24 for 10+ hours?" Well, meet Webb Chiles. Webb recently purchased hull #40, renamed her Gannett, and is planing to undertake his 6th circumnavigation (of the planet, not the Farallones) n her. Webb relocated Gannett from Illinois to San Diego the weekend of October 11th, and will be splitting time between Chicago and San Diego for a good part of 2013 getting the boat ready. Here's what Webb had to say about some of the modifications he's made to his boat and his reaction to seeing her for the first time:

While I haven't added anything to the boat that couldn't fairly easily be removed and make her class legal again, GANNET does have a fully battened mainsail and, recently, a Forte carbon fiber sprit. On my other boats I have come to set asymmetricals more than conventional spinnakers. Sometime this winter, I'm also going to reinforce the transom and install a Norvane. And GANNET might be the only Moore 24 with a bulkhead mounted mirror.

You are, by the way, right that I might be the only person who upon stepping down into a Moore 24--what I like to call GANNET's 'Great Cabin'--thought, "Wow. This is bigger than I expected."

To keep up to date on Webb's preparation and progress, follow his blog at:

Webb would also love any advice from the fleet as he makes his preparations. He's specifically looking at his rudder and spars, but for sure will have more questions as he digs deeper into the project. His email is: and he asked that anyone with expertise in rudders or spars contact him directly.