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Re: European boat of the year: Saphire 27
It's definitely an intriguing boat, but I would choose the Seascape 27 for what I think would be its stronger offshore capabilities. Even though the reviewers feel the Saphire 27 is a very strong boat, I have a high degree of confidence in Sam Manuard.
Yes, I believe the Seascape 27 would be a better offshore boat even if it seems that the Saphire 27 is remarkably good for a narrow boat but I am not sure if in real time the Seascape will be faster. I guess it will depend on the conditions. Surely faster on a transat or an offshore race downwind but I am pretty sure the Saphire would be faster in a traditional regatta with downwind and upwind legs and definitively faster in light winds. Probably better too in compensated.
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