This is a production boat and it had to be a NZ boat
you are going to understand why, but for now it is enough to know that she has just won the Sydney Hobart in compensated.
It is made in two versions: A racer and a cruiser racer being the major difference a existence of a higher cabin since being this a semi custom boat the interior comfort and quality is left much to the owner desires. Both have cantig keels.
Initially, back in 2004 the boat was a racer with a flat cabin but today almost all have the cruiser-racer configuration, at least in what regards the cabin.
The hull is remarkably modern for a 2004 design (the cabin design is more recent). A very nice boat:
Anyway even the cruiser-racer is (on all cases I know) used much more as a racer than a cruiser but I don't see why the boat cannot be used as a performance cruiser.
They say about the boat design and program:
Affordable, fun to sail and fast, led to a new generation of yacht, the Cookson 50. The boat of the future complete with ultra modern interior. Working closely with the Farr Design Office, Cookson Boats developed and launched the prototype in November 2004.
Conceptuals for the Cookson 50 developed from reducing Transpac 52 hull shape to 50 feet, maximizing beam, and increasing freeboard for full headroom to produce an interior suitable for family cruising.
Fully equipped with a canting keel and trim tab/canard to maintain stability and minimize crew numbers makes the Cookson 50 a winner all round for the serious club racer with a view to successfully competing in any grand prix event he chooses.
To date, the Cookson 50 has shown remarkable performances reaching and running. She has proven capable of holding her own on the wind against some serious competition. She is a true multipurpose yacht, big and powerful unencumbered by any rule but fits within the rules of most major grand prix events.
Cookson besides producing this "affordable" production canting keel cruiser racer is one of the best custom builders of high tech racing boats having built for instance: Loyal (ex -Rambler), the VOR 70 Camper and several Open 60's boats. The boats are made of carbon, very though and very light and the Cookson 50 is no exception.
Look at the Cookson 50 dimensions:
LOA -50ft,,,, LWL - 15.24 m,,,, LWL - 13.85 m,,,, Beam - 4.30m,,,,Draft - 3.0m,,,,Displacement - 7000 kgs
and look how she sails:
Yes, a NZ boat
It has the spirit and the speed.