David Sketchley’s Rustler 42, Westward, was launched in 2021. Named after the famous 1910 Herreshoff racing schooner, she was the first Rustler 42 to sport a carbon fibre mast but it’s not just her rig that was new. She also has a unique interior layout and cutting-edge battery charging and power management systems. We caught up with David after his first season with her to find out more about him, and about this extensively customised boat.
Ian Robson owned his Rustler 44 for eight years and sailed more than 14,000 miles in her. In all that time only one significant thing went wrong with the yacht ‘and that was probably down to the component supplier rather than Rustler,’ he reflects. ‘You couldn’t say more for the build quality than that, except perhaps that Rustlers don’t break – it takes a lot to break a Rustler.’
Tim Stevenson’s Andrillot II was the original Rustler 37, launched in 2014 and he’s owned her ever since. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he says. It’s quite fitting that Tim’s now owns the first Rustler 37 because her namesake, the original Andrillot – the first of Jack Laurent Giles’s famously seaworthy 25ft Vertue Class yachts, launched in 1936 – was in his family for almost 40 years.