Sail­ing life ‘hacks’

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In ev­ery as­pect, the FC3 53 has de­liv­ered on its mis­sion to pro­vide per­for­mance and com­fort to the high­est de­gree. The sail plan is bold, match­ing the power po­ten­tial of the hull, but has been de­signed for two peo­ple to man­age while hardly break­ing a sweat. This is so much more than just elec­tri­fy­ing the winches – it’s thought­ful lay­out, top qual­ity hard­ware and some in­ge­nious hacks to just make life eas­ier.

All sail han­dling, ex­cept the spin­naker tack line, is done from trim­ming ar­eas just in front of the two car­bon wheels. There are five elec­tric winches, all are two speeds. The ded­i­cated main­sheet winch is set on a cen­tral pedestal at the very back of the cock­pit. This also hosts the con­trols for a full width trav­eller run­ning across the top of the tran­som. Bring­ing the trav­eller jam­mers up onto the pedestal al­lows them to be con­trolled from a waist height po­si­tion, well for­ward of the track, us­ing the main­sheet winch if nec­es­sary. This ar­range­ment is not only prac­ti­cal but safe on a boat this size.

The So­lent furler is hy­draulic, while the stay­sail furler is man­ual. As the So­lent must be par­tially furled dur­ing a tack, hav­ing the furler on a hy­draulic sys­tem al­lows con­trol of the sail from ei­ther side of the cock­pit dur­ing a tack, elim­i­nat­ing the need to han­dle two ropes at once. The vang is also hy­draulic, which again makes sense, as main­tain­ing leech ten­sion on a square-headed main re­quires a lot of

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