On a dif­fer­ent tack

Ru­pert Holmes goes off the beaten track in search of in­no­va­tive de­sign

Practical Boat Owner - - New Boats -

Swal­low Coast 250

This 25-footer rep­re­sents a new di­rec­tion for this British boat­builder – it’s a de­sign that aims to de­liver good per­for­mance un­der both sail and power, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive get-you-home­quick top speed of 15 knots.

The hull shape has good form sta­bil­ity and there’s a hefty bulb at the bot­tom of the deep 320kg cen­tre­board. So with a dis­place­ment of just 1,300kg al­lied to a de­cent sail area, in­clud­ing asym­met­ric spin­nakers, there’s cer­tainly scope for re­spectable per­for­mance un­der sail.

Look out for a test-sail ar­ti­cle soon

The day­sailer with a 70hp out­board en­gine

LOA 24ft 10in (7.57m) / LWL 24ft 10in (7.57m) / Beam 8ft 4in (2.55m) / Disp 3,970lb (1,300kg) / Sail area 28.6m2 / Draught, keel up (0.4-1.85m (1ft 4in – 6ft 1in)

/ RCD Cat C / Price £52,000 / swal­lowy­achts.com

Out­board motor sits in a well at the foward end of the cock­pit Swal­low Coast 250 of­fers four or five berths and an en­closed heads

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