... Regarding not doing the ARC on this one I hope you are kidding
. This boat as I have said can work with hydraulics and electric engines but can also be sailed manually as a back up. It even has a self tacking stay sail. This boat is a carbon boat, very strong and with a huge stability. Eric, this is a 15 m boat with over 12 000kg od displacement a B/D ratio of 35% almost all of it in a torpedo at 2.60m . I am quite sure it is a very seaworthy boat not only to do the ARC but to go anywhere.
This is a wonderful design Paulo, don't let me be misunderstood.
But I still would't even do the ARC with it unless I had an engineer on board
E.g. I wouldn't like the hydraulics to let me down when I want to roll the solent in a squall. Manual back-ups will always be a B plan on boats designed for push-button sailing, in this example it would mean going on deck to lower the sail.
I very much appreciate the NA's 14 point argumentation about the qualities of light displacement yachts
It only seems very contradictionary to first build the lightest possible hull and then stuff it up with heavy hydraulics, dishwashers etc.
That's why we have our son Jim as a "weight watcher", with almost dictatorial authorities
Of course, as long as all the gizmo's keep on working properly, this yacht must be a **** star sailing palace
. But we'll probably be faster in most conditions