LOA 12.68m  (41.7′) – ‘marina’ length 12.10m,  LWL 9.53m (31.2′)  Draft 0.53 (1.7′) -2.05m (6.7′),  Beam 3.80m (12.6′)

Light displacement 8500kg (18739lbs);  in commission approx 10,000 kg (22046 lbs);  Ballast 2850kg (6393 lbs)

Design coeffs (‘in commission’ figures in brackets):  SA/D 20.25 (18.17)  B/D 34% (30%)   D/L 275 (324)  Motion Comfort 28.6 (33)   Screen (CSF)  1.9 (1.8)

Headroom 1.80 – 1.90m

Sail area on the wind  83m² (893 sq ft)

Tankage – NB tanks reversed: Water 200l, Fuel 390l,  ‘Gravity’ 80l holding tank. All tanks are aluminium and integral to hull.

Insulation – 15mm closed-cell neoprene foam direct to deckhead (includes all thermal bridges such as ribs/stringers & hatch surrounds).  Plus  4mm foil-faced thermal reflective insulation.  Insulation is oriented towards reducing condensation and heat loss/gain by radiation.

Centreboard controlled by independent up/down tackle

Skeg-attached rudder with hydraulic swing mechanism protected by mechanical fuse (plus emergency tiller)


Skeg encloses prop (4-blade 17″ Featherstream feathering)DSCN0385

ENGINE – Volvo D2-55 50hp 4 cylinder (900 hrs approx)




Fully-battened mainsail (3 reefs & lazy jacks), furling genoa


Furling gennaker (95m2) with protective cover on removable bowsprit OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADSCN0721

Plus – staysail & storm jib for use on removable inner forestay (uses running backstays not shown)

2nd removable masthead stay for a solent (working jib)

Also – rod kicker, boom brake, granny bars and mast steps



3 x 100Ah service batteries (300Ah) with dedicated place for 4th, 1 x engine start battery 100Ah.

Charge splitter

Shore power & circuit breaker

230V & 12V sockets in each cabin area

Mains battery charger Cristec

2 x 50W solar panels on cockpit arch with MPPT regulator

Hull polarity/leak gauge


NKE fully networked  ‘Nav Centre’ & Gyropilot (hydraulic) with 2 repeaters

NKE is the preferred supplier to  competitors in the Vendee Globe, Figaro, Route du Rhum and the rest of sailing’s elite. These systems helm the solo-crewed, non-stop circumnavigating boats of the Vendée for 80% of the time.  It is a fully bus-based system and combines a refined suite of ultra-precise real-time senders with an instant-reacting processor and powerful hydraulic ram directly attached to the steering quadrant.  This means it is capable of helming where others cannot – a shifting wind aft of the beam in heavy, quartering seas and even when under spinnaker – by compass heading, gps, apparent or real wind direction, or rudder angle. The developments in autopilot technology are largely responsible for the monster 24-hr runs seen in recent Vendee Globes….    PS since that was written some 8 years ago it is fair to say that almost all serious manufacturers are producing autopilot head units of similar sophistication – the important element remains the reliable & ultra-proven hydraulic pump/ram on the mechanical side of the system (Lecomble&Schmitt)

GPS Furuno GP32 (fixed)  &  portable (Magellan)

Furuno 300 Navtex

Furuno 1623 LCD Radar

Lowrance HDS7-M Gen2 Touch ChartPlotter at wheel (for pilotage)

Acer AspireOne 10″ Netbook w/Win7 & OpenCPN (route planning/plotting) w/10hr autonomy & 12V charger

VHF – RT 450 DSC fixed and Pocket 3000 portable

Mastervolt BTM1 Battery Monitor

KnowsIt GPS/GSM Alarm


Main – 25kg Delta with 50m 10dia chain & 50m cable

DSCN0725Kedge /2nd bower – 25kg FOB  with 30m chain & 30m cableDSCN0723

Electric windlass, twin bow rollers, single stern roller (see image below)

8 cleats (6 deck, 2 stern cleats)


Liferaft – 6 man  Category 1 ISO ‘Offshore’

Tender –  AX  2.60m, Tohatsu 3.5hp  DSCN0659

Dinghy davits under cockpit arch

Calorifier (engine & 230V). H&C shower to bathing platform

Fridge (top loader)


Deck projector,  NAV lights & masthead Navlights

Sprayhood & ‘Convertible Bimini’ (Bimini with attachments to make cockpit tent)



Special transport/storage bag for Gennaker

Staysail deck bag

Stackpack/lazy jacks

4 Dorade vents to saloon (Alubat option)

Grab rails each side of bathing platform (Alubat option)

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