Today I will post about a new voyage boat. Of course any cruising sailboat with a given size is able to voyage or to circumnavigate even if the ones that designed the boat never took that in consideration when they designed it. For voyage boat I mean the ones who were designed taking voyaging in consideration as one of the main points of its sailing program.
There are not a single type of voyage boat and in what regards this particular several types are chosen by different types of sailors: From slow but very resistant steel boats, passing by aluminum centerboarders, sturdy fiberglass boats to more light and fast sailboats built in several materials.
The RM 1360 (44ft) belongs to the last category: Fast voyage boats as Marc Lombard sees them, a new boat that comes to substitute the successful 1300, a very similar one.
The boat is built of marine plywood and epoxy, materials that are strong and can be easily repaired. This shipyard is building voyage boats with this material for decades and it is one of the few that have not been affected by the crisis. It is a very well proven recipe.
For many years these boats, that are primarily built as twin keels (even if they have a mono keel option) were exclusively used by French cruisers but on the last years there has been a vast interest from other European countries and last year the smaller brother (1260) won the European contest in the category of family boats, a considerable feat if we consider that category is the one that regards the main market and this is not properly a main market boat.
The twin keel version even if not as performant as the mono keel does not lose much in speed or pointing ability (incomparably less than the typical wing keel versus deep draft fin) and allow the boat to be beached for repairs or cleaning the hull. That's the most sold version by far.
These boats in what regards hull concept follow the line of Open solo racers that provide easily driven boats boats with a great stability, huge interior space and lots of power. Not a boat indicated if someone wants to voyage in the wrong direction, I mean against the prevailing winds, but those that do that are almost existent and the rule regards extensive voyaging is to follow the trade winds. On that case this boat offers a huge directional stability, very little roll, easy to run on autopilot even at speed, adapted to solo sailing, little heel while sailing and a very good speed. Basically what offer their racing cousins that are designed that way by the same reasons: easy speed downwind.
Speed in a sailboat has a lot to do with weight and this is a light boat (9400kg) and also with stability and this boat with a beam of 4.5m a deep draft of 2.45m and all the considerable ballast (2950kg) on a lead torpedo, has plenty stability and power.
Of course, 2,45m can be a lot for cruising and some places and that's one of the reasons why the twin keel with 1.95m of draft is by far the more popular. You need a smaller draft? Sorry these are performance boats and without draft you don't have a decent performance and they don't have any option for that. To keep the performance it would be necessary a lifting or swing keel and they don't offer it because probably it would be a very expensive option.
These boats can look similar in the hull concept with for instance an Oceanis 45, but if we look to both hulls we can see that the bow sections on the RM are more elegant and less fat while the weight and mainly the sail area are very different:
Oceanis 45/Rm 1360: 10549kg to 9400kf and 100m2 to 112m2.
Well, let's the pictures speak for themselves: