What’s a Lounge?

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Have you spot­ted the de­sign ir­reg­u­lar­ity? The cen­tral po­si­tion of the twin wheels is a first at this size and sug­gests this is a boat that is all about the en­joy­ment on the helm. To my eye, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of a fixed wind­screen with the wheels just be­hind it also gives the Saffier an ex­cit­ing, sporty road­ster look.

The SE 37 has much more of a per­for­mance shape than past Saffier mod­els, with a par­tic­u­larly flat run to its aft sec­tions. The beam is car­ried all the way aft to help gen­er­ate enor­mous cock­pit space. It’s called a ‘Lounge’ be­cause a ‘cock­pit’ is not the right word for an area this large and free of lines, says Den­nis Hen­nevanger.

Hen­nevanger’s con­fi­dence in his boats is in­fec­tious. He is al­ways ready and will­ing to go sail­ing and will take his boats out in any­thing, es­pe­cially in the high winds and waves typ­i­cally found around the en­trance to Ij­muiden.

In 2014, dur­ing Euro­pean Yacht of the Year tri­als in Italy, the SE 33 was the only boat to leave the har­bour in big breeze and swell, de­spite be­ing among a fleet of much larger cruis­ing yachts.

The gen­naker still went up and although we had a lively time try­ing to clock top speeds, it was yet an­other demon­stra­tion of the ro­bust build qual­ity and ease of sail­ing a Saffier.

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