Originally Posted by One
Yes, it does. However, I'm a bit surprised at these titbits from the text:
Bolt 37 is a thoroughbred racing yacht
Aimed squarely at the owner who while being excited by the TP’s and 40’ Racers on the market, chooses to apportion a much smaller budget to their racing and be closer in speed to the production cruiser-racers which make up a typical local fleet.
Are they saying that it's not a "thoroughbred" after all, but merely an extremely spartan "cruiser"/racer?
That is a Ker design and it will be fast as all Ker designs. It is a racer, not a cruiser racer, but contrary for instance to a Ker 40 or a Farr 400, it is designed to be "cheap" and easily exploited and yet very competitive under IRC or ORCI handicap rules, capable of beating in compensated time faster all carbon racers (I think that is stupid, but that is the essence of handicap rating
This explains it:
Purpose built for handicap racing under IRC and ORCi, the Bolt 37’ will be exciting to sail, and very fast for its size, but at the same time the parameters have been selected with a careful eye on the rating rules. Extensive CFD based optimisation techniques have led to lower hydrodynamic resistance but a particular effort has also been made to ensure the yacht is forgiving to sail, making it easier for the crew to extract its full performance potential.
This one, contrary to some production cruiser racers is not a carbon boat:
Hull, Deck, Bulkheads and stiffners made from multi and unidirectionnal glass, vinylester resine and PVC foam over female tooling. All laminations are done with vacuum assisted infusion technique for perfect resine/fiber ratio and low air void.
and it will be made in Turkey to keep the price down: 160 000 euros for a very fast racer and a potential winner in handicap at high level is not much. A 37ft production cruiser equipped to win at top level in ORCI or IRS will cost more and will be a lot slower in real time.
anyway Ker can say what he wants but this baby with this hull:
With a typically high performance Ker stern, 4200 kg of weight, a bulb at 2.8m, a B/D of 50% with almost all the ballast on the bulb and a moderated beam (3.48m) is going to kick ass and will be a very fast boat, downwind and upwind. He says the boat will be easy but that transom requires a very good crew to go at the limit downwind. But that's the point isn't it? After all this is a race boat and race boats are for expert sailors or for learning how to be an expert one