Croatian brand Salona is updating its smallest model, the Salona 35, which is scheduled to make its world premiere at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

Salona 35

The new model replaces the Salona 34 from 2008. J & J Design thoroughly reworked the original. Following the visual and conceptual lead of the larger Salona 38, which was introduced this summer, the smallest Salona has received long cabin windows and rectangular ports in the hull.

Cleaner and less clutteredSalona 35 layout
Compared to her predecessor, the cockpit is cleaner and better structured with a recessed traveler track in the cockpit sole. The stern remains open, a detachable bench improves safety while cruising and doubles as gangway in port. New is the twin-wheel configuration, which is not yet standard on many 10-metre boats.

Below deck, the Salona 35 features a layout that’s common for this size boat, with two separate cabins, one lavatory and a symmetrical saloon-arrangement, plus a useful nav station and an L-shaped pantry. It matches the arrangements of the Salona 34, however the designers have  done a lot of work to update the  look and feel of the interior.

Salona 35

Optimised by Jason Ker
Like all other Salonas, the 35 has a built-in steel frame in the bottom of the hull, which should absorb rig loads in conjunction with the floor structure and reduce stress. For the first time, Salona is incorporating carbon fibre reinforcements in key areas to increase the hull’s stiffness without incurring a weight penalty. It’s worth noting that the L-shaped keel, which is available in three different draft versions, was optimised by America’s Cup designer Jason Ker.

The rig is narrow with chain plates far inboard, close to theSalona Specifications coachroof. This configuration accommodates a variety of headsails and will make lake sailors happy for they can hank on a larger genoa (up to 140 per cent).

The Salona 35, which will premiere at the Düseldorf Boat Show (January 21-29), is likely to carry a rather attractive starting price of around 118,400 Euros.

This story is reprinted courtesy of YACHT Magazine, Europe's leading sail magazine.