De­sign & con­struc­tion

Yachting Monthly - - NEW BOAT TEST -

Her hull is vac­uum in­fused and foam cored, with solid lam­i­nate around the keel and saildrive. Car­bon fi­bre is used in the grid sys­tem be­neath the floor. This helps spread the load from the keel and keel­stepped mast, and in­creases the rigid­ity of the hull. The stan­dard keel (tested) is T-shaped and cast iron with a draught of 2.15m (7ft 1in), the per­for­mance T-keel has a lead bulb on a cast iron fin and a draught of 2.38m (7ft 10in). kit into the void of the coam­ing above can hold quite a bit, al­though per­son­ally I like a deep locker to keep all the cruis­ing clob­ber to­gether and lock an out­board away out of sight of prying eyes.

Genoa and main­sheet winches are Lew­mar 50ST on this boat, size 40 and 45 are stan­dard. Lew­mar 45ST Race winches sit ei­ther side on the com­pan­ion­way to con­trol the un­der deck hal­yards.

In­stru­ment pods form back rests for those sit­ting near­est the helm. While the main­sheet track is re­cessed the lines to haul the trav­eller aren’t.

Out­board the cock­pit comb­ing of­fers a com­fort­able an­gle to sit on even while the boat is level; a cut-out at the in­board edge of the cock­pit seat­ing pro­vides brac­ing for feet. Go­ing for­ward the deck is clear, thanks to the genoa tracks along­side the

The dis­tinctly wedge-shaped cock­pit is wide, but has good hand­holds for mov­ing around

The in­stru­ment pods are just for­ward of the helm and main­sheet winches are to hand

The trav­eller track it­self is re­cessed but the con­trol lines could trip any un­wary crew

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