Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Feb-Mar 2015
new yachts 059 B uying a new race yacht for the price of a station wagon is a smart way to enjoy the sport so I was very interested in sailing and racing the Far east 28R which launched in time to compete in a 16 oD fleet in the China Cup. these european designed singapore built yachts are transportable and well made plus are nimble on the race course, as I found out. Moving up a notch, Bavaria continues to catch my attention as its Farr designed models improve while also allowing me to indulge in a pet subject – entry level yachts – so the arrival of the easy 9.7 is particularly welcome. having tested this 31-foot hull I can vouch for the fact that it sails well, has quality gear and comes with an entry price that won’t frighten your accountant ($143k). this basic cruiser is an ideal way to introduce the family to coastal sailing, and the occasional twilight race perhaps. For those with need for more speed, the pocket performer e3 is a great option from elan yachts and distributor Performance Cruising yachts has several of these 31-footers on the way, manager ed Penn tells me: “although there is still a market for pure racers and single-purpose cruisers, we’re finding that many customers are interested in racing twilights or the winter series, and regattas like hamilton Island Race week but also want a boat that is comfortable down below and capable of being sailed short-handed, such as by a husband and wife.” Combining these facets in a very stylish and quality package is German builder Dehler who has evolved its popular 38 that has sold well in australia to now launch the Dehler 46. highly customisable with carbon spars options and lead keel, it should perform well both for those long coastal passages with family and in the IRC division in hammo. those seeking maximum horsepower are increasingly upgrading from high-end production cruiser-racers to customised grand prix boats where 40-foot and its surrounds is the sweet spot for highly competitive yet relatively affordable racing. this was one of the reasons for jason Ker redesigning his already successful Ker 40. the new McConaghy built Ker 40+ is a lighter and more powerful version of original GRP version – such as ed Psaltis’s Midnight Rambler here in sydney – that will compete with the likes of the Botin 40, hakes 42, Farr 400, soto 40, Carkeek 40 and the evergreen GP42. there has been discussion of a Fast40+ circuit in the UK for these boats, so another reason to give the Ker 40+ some consideration. Moving up yet another notch is shaun Carkeek’s newly designed C440 grand prix boat which is being built to overcome the plethora of fast forties inshore while also chasing tP52s offshore, but a much more affordable campaign cost. away from the hustle of the race track lies the blue horizons where the big cruisers can go, so our grand armada assembled here should inspire you. these yachts are the flagships of their respective companies so showcase the best that Beneteau, jeanneau and hanse has to offer. they all feature apartment style living with space for all the essential whitegoods, bathrooms and luxurious accommodation that will entice you to stay or even live aboard. what distinguishes these mini-superyachts – the Beneteau 60, the jeanneau 64 and the hanse 675 – is the vast array of fit-outs available to individualise your vessel. But for those seeking real cachet, as james Bond often does, we come to the spirit 65. handmade of wood in england, I still remember being impressed when 007 walked along the elegant sheerline of the spirit 53 used in the movie. the only way to enhance that sheerline is to increase it, so the new spirit 65 is born and on its way to the asia Pacific region as I write this. strip planked and sheathed in epoxy, the hull with its endless overhangs houses plenty of accommodation, all created in Mahogany. cast away Relaxing on a new Beneteau Oceanis 60, one of our top 10 new yachts for 2015, is hard to argue with.
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