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Smile In that case, I have the PERFECT boat !!

Jeff, I have built your “perfect” boat…

Not to brag, but Jeff, too late…. I have your boat, and its not in paper!!!!

As I read your post, and the items of your choice were exactly what I have, on my boat, I was getting really excited.

My ideal boat would be the ultimate coastwise cruiser. Coastwise cruisers were first popularized in the 1920’s. While they were not intended to be race boats, they were fast enough to race competitively, and to get you home when it was time to go back to work. They were not intended as ocean voyagers, yet they were seaworthy enough to stand up to whatever weather encountered. GIULIETTA - CHECK

They were not meant to be floating hotel suites but they provided a comfortable place cook and eat and sleep. GIULIETTA - CHECK

In the 1970’s, the coastwise cruiser became the cruiser/ racer. They were still boats that could do both. Then came the age of specialization. Today, you’re forced to choose between blue water cruisers that are only intended for ocean voyaging, and race boats only intended for grand prix racing, and so called family cruisers that are designed to carry the maximum number of people crammed into their own little “staterooms”. I may dream of long ocean passages, or racing the grand prix circuit, and be attracted to the image presented in family cruiser literature but I have to ask myself, How do I really use my boat ?
I sail weekends, evenings, perhaps a long cruise now and then. I would love to live aboard but mostly cruise when time permits. I may race a few club races and perhaps the beer can series. I have friends to sail with, but more often than not sail a short handed. I am far more likely to face light to moderate conditions than to weather a gale underway and are more likely be hit by short chop and motorboat slop than the “ultimate wave”. I would like to follow the wind’s call but mostly follow a schedule. No gimmicks- just a fast and comfortable cruising boat. GIULIETTA - CHECK

I would like something like:
Sensible interior:
Full sized berths for a reasonable number of people. Berths that are comfortable underway as well as at a boat show. Comfortable seating for the entire crew and a few visitors more. A galley that works. Canvas clothing lockers that can be packed ashore and carried aboard. Canvas hull liners that are light in weight and which can be thrown in the washer at the end of the season. GIULIETTA - CHECK

Sensible Galley:
The fully equipped galley is located near the companionway (GIULIETTA has its Galley amid ships to even the weight, but was supposed to be a L shaped galley inittialy. Not practical in our seas), where it is within easy reach of the cockpit and dinette. Its position near the center of buoyancy means a galley with the least amount of motion. A top loaded Ice box. (I personnaly hate those so got a front door 100l marine refrigerator with internal ice box) Frankly the one item that seems to be the most problematic on boats is refrigeration so I am not sure that I would have refrigeration. As a vegetarian (sorry the only thing we are different I'm a sucker for a rare NY strip!!)this could work for me. GIULIETTA - CHECK

High Tech Construction:
The careful use of modern materials carefully engineered to produce a boat that is strong, light, and durable. Light to be able to drive through a chop or ghost in light air. Durable since you would rather use your limited time sailing than performing maintenance. GIULIETTA - CHECK, she'a all GF/Divinycell/GF and Carbon fiber.

Fractional Rig:
The fractional rig is the perfect cruising rig. Since the majority of the sail area is in an easily de- powered mainsail there is no need live with an oversized genoa. (yes, my opinion also) This tall rig is very effective in light air (63' custom Sparcraft performance). The comparatively small lapper jib works in a wide range of wind speeds. (here I went further, I have CF forward swept spreaders, and the genoa works inside the shrouds, to incrase pointing) It is easy to tack and furls on a below deck mounted roller furler. (that's old stuff now. I opted for a code Zero Facnor Furler, real low to the deck, and allows for the batten race genoa to be hoisted normally).As the wind builds the main is easily de- powered, just drop the traveler and crank in a bit of mast bend. When it really blows, the cockpit led reef lines and halyards permits quick on- the- fly reefing. GIULIETTA - CHECK

Daggerboard with Lead Bulb and Water Ballast:
Despite the shoal draft long keel, or wing keel hype nothing goes to weather like a properly ballasted deep draft keel. Unfortunately, many a great anchorage is inaccessible to a 7’-6” draft. A daggerboard would permit the boat to sail exceptionally well when depths permit and an electric center board winch would allow for quick draft adjustment when shallower venues beckon.. A 1990’s era Whitbread 60 style moveable water ballast would allow the boat to sail safer faster, and carry more sail comfortably in higher winds.

GIULIETTA – HALF CHECK I decided on a fixed keel, so that I could save some weight, but the original design was just like this. My difference is my keel is completely vertical and not inclined bacwards as yours

Full Size Tankage:
When a boat can sleep seven people (10 in GIULIETTA As the sallon table goes down to make a bed) it needs to have proper tankage and storage. Tankage should be something like 120 gallons of potable water storage in separate tanks, a 60 gallon holding tank (I have 2 tanks at 10 gal each for weight) (less with a treatment system), and a 80 gallon diesel fuel tank.GIULIETTA - CHECK

LENGTH OVERALL LOA 44’-6” (well GIULIETTA IS 42’ because above 42 the marina prices are crazy!!!, but please, don't be picky!!!)




DISPLACEMENT 16,800 LBS. GIULIETTA IS 15.000 LBSBOAT WEIGHT (7.500 Kg weighed by scale )

DRAFT- BOARD DN. 7’-7” GIULIETTA IS 8’3” CLOSE ENOUGH Went a little deeper with keel to save on lead wieght. An Option I took.


BALLAST- WATER BALLAST 1875 LBS. GIULIETTA CHECK Fully transferable, 4,5 minutes to transfer from port to starbord tanks, and also...get this .....front ot rear!!!


100% Triangle 438 S.F. AHHH ALMOST but Jeff’s boat is 44’ mine is 42, so my fore triangle is 389 SF If Giulietta was 44, BINGO!!!!

TOTAL 1023 S.F. TOTAL 1024

I add the Spinnakers:

Symetrical : 131 MS = 1436 SF

Assymetrical: 125MS = 1354 SF

Gybing done with 2 spi poles where allowed since some races here only allow one spi pole.

2 CF wheels, made for my height and arms, and CF Boom. No vang.

DISPLACEMENT/ LENGTH RATIO 140 to 150 Actually GIULIETTA IS 118 assuming boat weight INSTEAD of displacment



Also the Dodger, lazy bag, Anchor roller (replaced by aluminium plate with CF pole for spinnaker), TV, and some other items are removed for racing, and easily installed when Lady Giulietta is on Giulietta!!

Now Guys, please you have to admit this is pretty cool, no?? Me all the way on the other side, and came up with the same numbers…..kinda like hitting the lottery!!!

Thank you Jeff.

Now, CD and T you were saying about the Port-a-potty??? I demand respect from now on!!!

By the way, Giulietta was the subject of an Article in VELA (our Sail) magazine in Southern Europe, which will be out at the end of the month, and will be in the cover of the magazine.

In February, she will be in another magazine called NAVEGAR (our Cruising magazine). Sunday we will go out to do the photo session, and to let the reporters test her for a complete sail test.

Last edited by Giulietta; 01-17-2007 at 04:40 PM.
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