I have talked a lot here about the RM 1260, European Family boat of the year but very little about their new model, the RM 1360.
Like the 1260 the RM 1360 is heavily based on a previous model (1350) and is just a better, more sophisticated and faster voyage boat.
This kind of voyage boats based on solo ocean racers hulls have been developed by several NA, the same that designed and developed Open 60's and class 40's for solo sailing and among them Marc Lombard. It is him that designs the RM line since the start many years ago.
The advantages of this type of hull shapes relates with an increased stability and a much easier sailing in what regards downwind sailing. The boat can safely go faster on autopilot with a lot of sail and the roll is very diminished. It sails with less heel and provides a very stable platform. These characteristics make the boat very adapted to sail and voyage in the trade winds with a very reduced or solo crew.
These hull shapes were developed to make possible solo sailors to master very powerful boats. More narrow hull shapes forms in absolute terms are faster but impossible to be mastered by a solo or short crew when sailed fast (while racing). It is understandable why they are used on fast cruising and voyage boats that are designed to be easy and sailed by a short relatively inexperienced crew.
This boat can have a twin keel with a draft of 1.95m and a mono keel with a draft of 2.45m. The performances are not very different and in some points of sail are just close to 0 so in fact the Twinn keel is much more appropriated for cruising.
This boat will be fast, light, with a big loading capacity and plenty of interior space and storage. The tankage is also big. It can be steered from the inside with the help of a joystick. It will also have, like the other RM, a big stability, lots of power and a good reserve stability.
The RM can have a cutter configuration for easy management of sails.
The boat can be beached (twin keel) for repairs or clean the hull and is made of marine plywood and epoxy, as all RM. It is easy to repair everywhere.
There are no perfect boats for anything but this one will satisfy the needs of many long range cruisers, including some that like to sail fast.
A very nice boat in my opinion, probably the best looking in RM line.