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Revolutionizing Small Boat Sailing: An Interview with Derek Ellard of Scruffie Marine

We're thrilled to announce the latest episode of NanoCruising, where we had the pleasure of interviewing Derek Ellard, the innovative founder of Scruffie Marine in Australia. If you’re passionate about small boat sailing, sustainable innovations, and the future of marine design, this episode is a must-listen! The Beginnings of Scruffie Marine Derek takes us on a fascinating journey through the origins of Scruffie Marine, sharing his passion for boat building and the philosophy that drives his unique designs. From humble beginnings to a renowned name in the world of small boats, Derek’s story is both inspiring and enlightening. Innovative Boat Designs We delve into Derek’s design philosophy, exploring the elements that make Scruffie Marine boats stand out. Derek shares stories of adventures, both his own and those of his clients, highlighting the versatility and reliability of his boats. His commitment to creating boats that are easy to launch and sail is truly remarkable. Sustainab
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