There are more new launches at the 2014 edition of the show than for many years. Here are some of the most interesting new sailing boats:
Cornish Crabbers stand G158
Based on the popular Cornish Shrimper gaff cutter, of which more than 1,000 have been sold to date, this new version has a larger Bermudan rig with alloy spars and reduced displacement for improved performance. Like the Shrimper it’s available with either outboard or inboard engines and the new model also benefits from a four-berth interior. The same concept of a modern Bermudan rig has been applied to other models in Cornish Crabber’s range, which will now appeal to a wider range of buyers.
Sail area: 19.5sq m
Towing weight: 1,295kg
For a bit more on the Cornish Crabber range, take a look at our boat review from 2012: Crabber 26: A Modern Classic
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Bavaria Stand G148
This boat was developed with naval architects Farr Yacht Design and UK company Design Unlimited, who took responsibility for the exterior styling and interior design details. The Cruiser 46 sports a fractional rig with double swept-back spreaders and an adjustable backstay, as well as twin rudders that help to give the boat some of the style of contemporary long-distance racing craft.
The spacious interior is complemented by generous deck space, with a fold-down bathing platform for easy swimming and dinghy access. There’s a flexible three to four cabin layout, with a removable bulkhead to allow the forward area to be used as two small double cabins or one large stateroom.
Hull length: 13.60m
Draught: 1.73 or 2.10m
Sail area: 108sq m
If a new boat is beyond your budget, take a look at Rupert Holmes' round-up of second-hand Bavaria yachts from the last 20 years: Six Bargain Bavarias: Family Cruisers that Won’t Break the Bank
This Judel-Vrolijk design was conceived to fit with Hanse’s ‘easy sailing’ philosophy. A self tacking jib is fitted as standard and options include bow and stern thrusters, which allow for joystick docking systems to be installed.
The 505 has a voluminous interior, with layouts offering up to six cabins, or an owners’ cabin of a size rarely seen on a boat of this length. There’s easy access to the saloon from the cockpit, with and a gentle slope to the companionway steps and no bridgedeck. Hanse claims some 1,200 combinations of interior layout, joinery and décor options, allowing owners to create an individual design around their preferences and requirements.
Standard kit includes ample refrigeration and quality batteries, while options include a diesel generator, air conditioning, electric winches and membrane sails.
Hull length: 14.85m
Draught: 1.98-2.38m (depending on keel)
Displacement: 14 tonnes
Sail area: 119sq m
It's been a busy couple of years for Hanse. We reviewed two in 2013: Hanse 445: Best Selling Cruiser Gets a Facelift and Hanse 345: Large Details in a Smaller Yacht and another two in 2012: Hanse 415: More than a facelift and Hanse 385: bridging the gap between comfort and performance.
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349
This is another cruising design that echoes up to date thinking in long-distance race boats, with twin rudders and a broad transom with a marked chine in the topsides that increases form stability and sail carrying ability.
The broad transom also has the welcome benefit of increasing interior volume, which looks to be of an impressive size given the boat’s hull length of 9.97m (32ft 8in). Two and three cabin versions are offered, with the former benefitting from an impressively large heads compartment with a separate shower stall. Both models have a well-appointed galley, plus a saloon with two decent sea berths and a chart table.
The rig also follows the latest thinking from the performance sailing arena, with an IMOCA 60 style fat-headed mainsail. However, the keel has a conventional L-shaped bulb that has much less propensity to snag underwater lines such as lobster pots than the T-bulb keel of contemporary racers.
Hull length 9.97m
Standard draught 1.98m
The reviewers at www.boats.com have been busy with new Jeanneau yachts in 2013. Here's two we've reviewed: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469: Powerful Package and Jeanneau 41 DS: Wide Appeal
North Quay Marine, stand F132
This distinctive British-built ballasted daysailer is intended as an easily handled fast open boat for family cruising in sheltered waters and for occasional racing. Although the styling has many traditional influences, there’s also much up to date thinking incorporated, including an asymmetric spinnaker. A cockpit tent offers the possibility of sleeping on board under canvas.
Construction is of glass and epoxy sheathed western red cedar, creating a light and strong structure that can be towed by almost any car. The cockpit is self-draining and the boat will self right from a capsize of more than 90 degrees thanks to the 130kg ballasted lifting keel. In addition, seats and under deck lockers are all watertight so that even when swamped she will float only 10cm lower than normal.
Sail area 17.9sq m
Towing weight 400kg
If daysailing is your preferred water sport, our article on How to Choose the Right Weekend Cruiser should make good reading.
This low cost 18-footer has good performance potential and a cabin with ample space for weekending at a base price that rivals that of many dinghies. It’s designed to be an easy, but fun boat to sail, with racing potential and benefits from being unsinkable.
The base specification boat is supplied with the essential equipment needed to sail at a very attractive price. Owners can then select the additional equipment they need for the type of sailing they plan from a list including outboard engine, performance sails package, interior fittings and so on. This enables buyers to specify a boat that exactly meets your needs, without paying for equipment that aren’t required.
Draught (keel down): 1.15 m or 0.80m
Displacement: 710 or 780kg
Ballast: 230 or 300kg
Mainsail: 14sq m
Furling jib (106%): 7.5sq m
Gennaker: 29sq m
Keelboats feature regularly on www.boats.com. For further reading, see: J/70: Exciting One-Design Keelboat and Bavaria B/One: Sportsboat with Weekend Potential.
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