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Help Needed With New Bombay Co. 44 History

I am the happy owner of a New Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44 and would like to find out a little more about the design's history.

What I know so far

It was built in 1978 in Key Largo Florida.

The New Bombay Trading Company was owned by Ross James and Chris Petty.

I believe they may have bought the hull mould for the Explorer 44 from a Canadian Company.

The hull mould may have been for an IOR racer.

The designer is given as Maurice DeClercq. Now I don't know if he was the Canadian hull mould designer or the designer of the interior.

Any information or leads would be appreciated. Especially to Canada and what the boat might have been called there or which boatyard built it.

My boats name is Elephants Child and I too have "saitable curiosity"
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BOMBAY EXPLORER 44 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
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I am the happy owner of a New Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44 and would like to find out a little more about the design's history.

What I know so far

It was built in 1978 in Key Largo Florida.

The New Bombay Trading Company was owned by Ross James and Chris Petty.

I believe they may have bought the hull mould for the Explorer 44 from a Canadian Company.


The hull mould may have been for an IOR racer.

The designer is given as Maurice DeClercq. Now I don't know if he was the Canadian hull mould designer or the designer of the interior.

Any information or leads would be appreciated. Especially to Canada and what the boat might have been called there or which boatyard built it.

My boats name is Elephants Child and I too have "saitable curiosity"
While looking for information on Maurice DeCercq, I discovered this link:About S/Y Solitude - CALBO.DK The Stillson 44 looks suspiciously similar to your boat. Based on Canada's Cup racer 'The Spirit of Michigan'. See what you think. I left a message to this guy, but haven't heard back.
A somewhat interesting aside: Maurice DeClercq was holder of several patents for the self-tailing winch. (or a man with the same name, which seems unlikely)
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I think you have cracked the Canadian connection for me.

The interior is different which I expected but the hulls look identical.

Thank you for the help. I am in the Grenadines at the moment and will see if Solitude is about.

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Re: Help Needed With New Bombay Co. 44 History

The Maurice G. Declercq you inquired about is my father. He is the designer of your boat and of the Winchtailer. He is also the designer of the Offshore 36 and the Flying Buffalo. Born in 1918 to Belgian immigrants, Declercq was an engineer from the Detroit area. The prototypes of his boats were designed and built for his personal use. The Flying Buffalo was one of the winningest boats in the Great Lakes in the Mackinac races and the Mills Cup, in particular. The Spirit of Michigan, the prototype for your boat was built for the Canada's Cup series. Declercq retired to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he died a few years ago.
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Re: Help Needed With New Bombay Co. 44 History

To the original poster, I worked at New Bombay Trading Company and was also a dealer for a short while in the late 70's. I have some literature on the Explorer, including brochure, price list, and a few drawings. Would be glad to scan and forward them to you if you still have the vessel and are interested.
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Re: Help Needed With New Bombay Co. 44 History

Yers I still have the Explorer and am still pinching my self on the find as she suits me down to the ground.

I would love to have the additional literature. I will send you my email address in a PM.
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