They are not new (30 or 40 year's old) and they are made of aluminum
Some of the most known voyagers like Jimmy Cornell circumnavigated in them. In fact he recommends that type of boat for extensive voyaging. Once I meet a guy that had circumnavigated 3 time on one
They seem like the type of boats you could stay at sea with, going most places, with alacrity. Oh, yes, I should have said "metal" not steel hulls, and specified some of the "Lifting keel/centerboarder" boats you list in your Post #1 of this thread, like OVNI and Allures. The basic concept may have been around, but the execution of these newer boats kinda choked me up. Amazing.
I followed that trip in direct and with emotion. It was a great adventure. But I would not say that boat is as seaworthy and safe has for instance a Portuguese Caravela. They could make that voyage because the current and the winds push ten in that direction. That boat cannot navigate against the wind. The breakthrough with the Portuguese Caravela that is also called discovery ship, was that it could effectively sail against the wind. It was by far for many years the boat with the bigger pointing ability and therefore more adapted to explorations where the winds where not known.
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After the winds were mapped they sailed those routes not with Caravelas but with ships with big rounded sails (not latin sails) kind of ancient spinnakers, downwind boats that were capable of fully exploiting the trade winds:
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Thanks. Coincidentally, I recently watched Part 2 of
presented by Tom Cunliffe -- he discussed the legendary race of the
and her mark in British history; sailing on a replica. The boat was originally named Sting, and "built in 1799 in Bermuda, where this type of vessel was known as a Bermuda sloop" -- the race was won by her upwind capability as "a schooner spurned by the Royal Navy," which was "set in traditional ways." (Not like our times
the boat shows "the innovations of the Americans" it was reported. Plenty more history to this -- following on influences from the boats and concepts you mentioned in your post?. Quite a bowsprit there. Check out
"The navy favoured multiple-masted designs as they did not require the large, very experienced crew demanded by the single-masted designs (this was the same reason the Bermuda Sloop Foundation chose a three-masted design for its new Spirit of Bermuda, which is a sail training ship for youths). They also had the advantage of longer decks, which carried more guns. Although, today, these vessels might be considered schooners, and some might debate the use of the term sloop for multiple-masted vessels, the Royal Navy rated such vessels as sloops-of-war... They were intended to counter the then-extant menace of French privateers, which the Navy's ships-of-the-line were ill-designed to counter. Eventually, Bermuda sloops became the standard advice vessels of the navy, used for communications, reconnoitering, anti-slaving, and anti-smuggling, and other roles to which they were well suited."