50′ High Performance Cruising Yacht
— 21 Sep 2015
This 50ft high performance cruising yacht is currently in development at Humphreys Yacht Design in collaboration with builders Ocean-Tec of Slovenia and project manager Andreas Hanakamp of Segelwelt. This is the same core team responsible for the latest, highly successful Humphreys designed Class 40 ‘Bretagne – Crédit Mutuel Élite’.
The powerful, twin rudder hull form and high ballast ratio T keel provide large amounts of inherent stability and combined with a generous, yet simple rig configuration allows the design to be sailed easily and efficiently at speed by a shorthanded / family crew. Construction is to be infused E-glass / foam sandwich with use of carbon unidirectional reinforcements in high load areas to create an extremely tough and durable, yet lightweight hull, deck and internal structure. Interior joinery will be of GRP sandwich construction with a paint and/or veneer finish.
The General Arrangement offers a large en-suite owners cabin forward with a generous shower, sofa seating, stowage cupboards and lockers. There are a further two double cabins aft for guests / crew or for use when passage making. The central accommodation area offers a second head / day head, a designated navigation station and an open plan galley and saloon area with seating for up to 8. There is also a large foredeck locker and lazarette. Alternative arrangements can also be made available. The stepped coachroof design with glazed sides offers excellent side and forward visibility and provides large amounts of light to the interior. The stepped coachroof also allows for an optimal headsail sheeting position to maximise upwind sailing performance.
A carbon mainsheet arch and windshield are also available as options in order to provide an unobstructed and better protected cockpit. A cleverly stowed fabric sprayhood and bimini link between the mainsheet arch and windshield to provide full protection from the elements outside.
The design can be tailored to various rating rules such as IRC and ORC, depending on how the design is configured. The standard 3m draft keel is of cast SG iron with composite fairings and lead bulb. Shallow draft and lifting keel options are also available. Rig options can be tailored to the type of sailing the owner wishes to do – including a runner-less version with square-top mainsail. Other options available include a solid mainsheet arch and windshield to offer an unobstructed cockpit, fully protected from the elements.