The asymmetric halyard layout allows all pit functions to be lead aft to the pedestal-driven primary winches. This is a central part of sailing the boat, as it allows for easier spinnaker hoists and gybes. The layout also includes a sliding foredeck hatch with a pedestal-driven spinnaker takedown system. I believe these features, which have been borrowed from TP52’s and other grand prix classes, will prove to be highly desirable as sailors become familiar with them. Some observers might initially have the impression that they add to the boat’s complexity, but once understood, it should become clear they allow the boat to execute quicker boat handling maneuvers without requiring exceptional strength or rare crew skill. I definitely think this style of layout is more fun to sail, and points to the future for racing boats in this size range.
After the first several days of sailing, I can report that the boat performs very well. Sailing upwind, the boat responds easily in light winds but feels very powerful in stronger breeze, producing impressive speed and great pointing height. Downwind, the boat gets up and takes off, even in surprisingly light conditions. The boat is very responsive to sail trim and crew position.
Premier Composites has done a great job building a beautiful boat and they have included lots of functional and attractive details. Southern Spars has engineered a stiff, user-friendly rig with carbon standing rigging and spreaders.
I am very pleased with the boat and everyone at the sea trials felt it has all the necessary elements to be a great ride and successful project. When we left Dubai, there were 10 confirmed orders with at least one outstanding contract and a growing list of serious inquiries. Interest in the class has been strong and continues to grow, and Premier is working to ramp up production to 2 boats per month. I think this design meets its mission and goals, and I believe that anyone who is interested in performance one-designs should take a close look.
- Tjörn Runt Regatta aboard the Bavaria Cruiser 40S by Keith Carew
- Internship at FYD
- The Design Process and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- The 2000 mile Qualifier aboard the VO70 by Luke Shingledecker
- Making the TP52 an even better IRC option
- Launching speech for the new Bavaria Cruiser 32
- The Superyacht Circuit on SOJANA
- Luke Shingledecker test sails the new Farr 400 One Design
- Key West Race Week 2012
- Key West Wrap Up