I had an enquiry from New Zealand (where they know a little about boats) for a 30-ish foot sailing cat for cruising in N.Z. waters for a few weeks at a time with up to 4 friends.
As we explored options and because Greg is 6’2” the boat grew a little and became what is shown.
The rig will appear a little conservative to some but the reacher will add the extra power required for lighter air sailing.
Our reacher on ‘Slim’ is a wonderful sail that definitely adds that sparkle to sailing in lighter airs, especially if you can get the apparent forward of the beam.
It can be on a fixed or gybing pole or on a bridle like ours. There are advantages to both.
The layout is our normal 2 queen size berths aft where the motion is least and there is no bridge deck slapping.
The layout in the starboard hull is a queen size bunk aft, galley in the middle and single forward.
The port hull has another queen size bunk aft with a big shower and W.C. area forward.
Upstairs there is an L shaped settee that is over 2 mts long which is used as a sea berth for short handed over night sailing or an extra berth for an added guest.
There is a servery from the galley up to the saloon.
Access forward to the front cockpit is thru a door in the front of the cabin. Ducking is required but remember it is a 32’ boat. I don’t think there is another design out there that has a front cockpit in a 32’ footer.
Construction can be in a foam of Balsa cored Duflex kit which saves time and build complexity.
Other build options are;
- All foam with infused panels or plywood with foam cabin and decks.
- All build options use eglass reinforcements and epoxy resins.
A single 20/30hp 4 stroke outboard motor is more than adequate and simpler to fit than any other option. Diesels are not an option in this design.
The boat can be built for a sensible and affordable cost (especially if using the plywood build option) in reasonable time.
The boat can be launched and happily used with a very simple fit-out that can be added to as the budget allows or as the cruising area expands. For instance: there is no need to fit water tanks and plumbing for a boat that is going to be used for week at a time, 4 times a year. 10 lt. water containers will more than suffice.
While a toilet is nice, a porta-potty will do the job as well.
Deck hardware is simple to make. I can supply drawings for the following;
- Composite cleats so no bolts or deck leaks.
- Composite hinges, again no bolts or deck leaks.
- Composite hatches, again blah, blah, blah.
Deck blocks in 3 sizes that come out at about 3 times less in cost.
Booms that are about 70% cheaper.
I also supply various dinghy drawing’s with my designs, they include an efficient rowing dinghy to keep you fit and save the price and weight of a tender outboard. Or a catamaran dinghy if you need the stability.
The bigger designs can have one of each.
While it may be nice ? to have everything that opens and shuts, I know there is a pleasure derived from keeping things as simple as possible, and it’s not as if you are busy doing something else!
L.O.A.: 9.95 mts
BEAM: 6.4 mts
DISP: 3600 kgs
S.A.: 54 sq. mts (Main & Jib)
72 sq. mts (Main & Reacher)
1 x 20/30 hp
WATER: 300 lts
FUEL: 100 lts
HEADROOM IN HULL: 1.94 mts max.
HEADROOM IN SALOON: 1.85 mts max.