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If I won the lottery and could have a custom boat designed the way I wanted it, I would have no problem choosing the Naval Architect, it would be Jason Ker.

Ker is a relatively young NA with an amazing short career full of racing success and it is amazing that the big boat companies only know start to ask for its services for design performance cruising boats. The first one was Sydney yachts and the beautiful new 37 and 4dfts are his work, then Southerly with the Southetly 46RS and more recently Salona that had the new keel for the Salona 38 and the new Salona 60 designed by him.

All beautiful fast and seaworthy boats.

Some days ago on the Middle sea race one of his boats a 2008 designed Ker 53, a cruiser racer just managed incredible results:

The boat finished the race in 3d 17h and 22m, while a bigger racing VOR60 made it only 10m faster and a VOR70 only gained about 6 hours.

Let's look at that boat, that is not a naked racer but actually has a very nice interior :

They say about the boat:

A high-tech and eye-catching rocket-ship of 16.00 meters in length, using America's Cup technology in design, engineering and construction for competitive racing under IRC. At the same time easy to sail short handed.

The best of two worlds. To sail fast. And to live easy.

....The KER53 is designed employing current America´s Cup technology and
knowledge. Crafted from vacuum-bagged Carbon/Epoxy with a lightweight
closed-cell core foam sandwich construction it is very strong, light, stiff and
designed to ABS Rules for Offshore Yachts and optimised for the IRC Rule.

Principal Dimensions:

• length overall, hull ........................... 16.00 m
• beam moulded ................................ 4.20 m
• draft ................................... 3.40 m
• displacement, appr. ........................ . 10.20 tonnes
• bulb weight, appr. ........................... 5.00 tonnes

Principal sail areas:

upwind ................................ approx. 170m2
spinnaker (asym.) approx. 280m2
rig dimensions

Apart from the 3.40 m pure-performance version, a fixed keel with a draft of only 2.90m has been created for No. 01 which will also meet the extremely high demands of the successful designer, fine tuned with the weight (depending on the equipment), the FORMULA-France rigging and the sails design. Jason expects some slight advantages with this keel version for offshore and in long-distance conditions.

A 3rd version, external lifting keel with 2.60 to 3.60m draft, will round off the keel program for the future of the KER53 C/R.

Another glance through the keyhole of the design office? At 20 kn TWS and 135° TWA the speedo shows 14,08 kn

...the interior is constructed in lightweight carbon/foam sandwich panels, with particular attention to the finish and fit of all the furniture in keeping with the standards of a high quality cruiser/racer.

Large coachroof windows and opening hatches allow for light and fresh air to
circulate through the entire interior. Hull windows in the saloon deliver
additional light and panoramic views of the oceanscape from the comfort of the saloon.

...The boat will be equipped with push button controls for the mainsail, vang, outhaul and backstay. These can be easily operated by the helmsman using high performance hydraulic system for fast, easy and accurate trimming.


Well, unlike many advertised boats that promise top performance with a luxurious interior, this one actually delivers what it is promised: An incredibly fast boat with a good cruising interior

Last edited by PCP; 10-27-2011 at 07:06 AM.
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