We have already talked here about the Pacer, a very interesting South African boat (race and performance cruiser) that has started a world wide expansion. It has already dealers in several European countries.
The boats are very well designed and have an interesting price.
Some interesting videos, this one about fast sailing (the better comes after the middle):
And this one about the 400. I have already posted about the boat and it is the one that I find more interesting for cruising. The boat has a good interior with closed cabins and a warm ambiance. Great stability on a fast boat.
And also very interesting movie from Delta voiles about a very interesting new furling sail that is a mix of a spinnaker with a gennaker and also and occasion to see the beautiful XC 42 sailing with light wind:
If you want to know more or discuss it, I opened a thread about this new sail:
need to watch the seattle sailing movie, but I believe fromt he front still, that is a duck dodge race on lk union. not too many rules, no real sponsors per say. Rule #1 is "don't hit the ducks" this can mean feather style, or the MANY amphibious "DUCK" boat/cars that do tours here in Seattle.
That C&C looks like a possible boat, now if I can get funds together etc.
Vaquita, the 40ft class 40 has already arrived making an incredible passage in 12 days and it was the first boat from the racing class to arrive leaving the next one, a Swan 56 at 36 hours
That French X40 that I had talked about yesterday (Optim'st) is also making a hell of a passage, coming down at almost 9K and closing on the 83ft it has ahead (a Camper and Nicholson). They have been making equal game with a Shipman 63, a very fast boat. This shows how fast is that boat and how good are the ones that are crewing it. Chapeau
But today's boat is a cat, a 58ft cat, the Wave 58 "Santa Maria". The wave 58 is not one of those cats that are aiming primarily for performance, this boat has a great interior, a living interior. I guess that with a space like that I would consider to sell my house and live all time in a boat. Of course this boat even if not expensive for its quality and size would pay a fortune in any Med marina
The boat is making a great passage considering that he has not a race crew (they were taking "passengers" for the ARC) and is a bit ahead of that X 40 I was talking about.
And don't miss these 360º photos, they show well the interior quality (put it in full screen)
Some posts back I talked about Hetairos, the new beautiful super yacht with a traditional look designed by Dykstra:
First race, first victory: The boat won the Trans-Atlantic Super Yacht Regatta leaving the most close pursuer at 400Nm. It crossed in a bit more than 8 days, with an average speed of 15.12 knots. That's fast
Notice the 3 boats that he chose for his voyages and his evolution in what regards the perfect cruising long range cruiser (pictures on the article):
The first one, an heavy 36ft Trintella Ketch, almost a motorsailer (sailed with it 6 years), than a probably faster but heavy steel 40ft center cockpit an one off designed by Bill Dixon (sailed with it 5 years) and the last one, an aluminium centerboard, an OVNI 43 (sailed with it 13 years and made 70000nm).
When asked what boat he would chose now to circumnavigate he said:
"An aluminium centerboarder, probably the Allures 45."
He said also regarding long range cruisers (translated):
"I advocate for light cruising sailboats, but in the Anglo-Saxon countries, the idea is struggling to win! This is less true in France ..."
And when they ask:
"What is your view about the development of cruising sailboats"?
The racing sailboats have evolved rapidly in recent years, as opposed to cruising yachts. The racing yacht design has not yet sent all its developments to the world of cruising yacht design.
At a conference the other day, I was asked, "Why is there is no (liquid?) ballast on cruise ships?" And it's a good question!
Cruising sailboats are more comfortable and more spacious, but they are not really exciting and it is the fault of the cruising sailors who feel that going at 6 knots its all right ... The boats are often still too heavy in their displacement and rudders not strong enough.
Well, talks the voice of experience. It is refreshing to hear his opinion after all those books (12) and articles by John Vigor defending the heavy good old boats as the only good offshore boats
It is worth to remember that the main Vigor offshore experience was 1 transat in a heavy 30ft while Cornell has circumnavigated several times, made more than 200000Nm in all the oceans, including the Arctic and the Antarctic and has circumnavigated in heavy and light boats, having a huge experience with both type of boats.
Well, and after this expert opinion what better than to have another look at one of those light exciting boats that have taken a lot of developments from racing yachts and the ones that are more relevant for cruising, small solo ocean racers, I am talking about Pogo that has made available some interesting and nice movies:
This one show its hi-tech manufacturing facility and several boats being built (hey Eric, which of those is your's?).