Originally Posted by Eleuthera 2014
I wish to add to Carlylek's post...
The genoa is 140% and the ballooner is also 140%. If you wish to bring the ballooner
down, position on starboard tack, let the ballooner sheet fly and both sails are now one inside the other. Release the ballooner halyard
and bring down the ballooner inside the genoa.
I also have a large spinnaker
which will be flown using the Amel poles when sailing in light air to the Marquesas
.:big grin: Will come down at night.
BASTA.. HR, Contest and Oysters are prettier but are NOT as well adapted to long distance cruising or to long term life onboard.
All of these boats are great for long distance cruising -- all in their own way.
The Amel is a bit of an ugly duckling, and much less spacious for its size, and has a lot of very eccentric features, but is a boat designed with a single
minded passion for practical, long-distance cruising. Their owners are fanatical (as you have seen!). Great value for the money
, too, especially considering that all of them are fully equipped.
HR is also a great long distance cruising boat, much more beautiful inside and out, probably faster (but not the older Enderlein designed ones), more spacious, more elegant. More expensive. Lacking some specific long distance features of Amels, and possibly requiring additional equipment
, but with some lovely details for higher latitudes like the fixed windshield and sheltering hard dodger
Concerning "fast" -- Amels, on paper, would not seem to be all that fast, but they achieve great passage
speeds -- why? Because they are set up to be sailed easily by a short-handed crew; the hull is relatively narrow and easily driven; the low ketch
rig is low stress and easy to keep sail up. As we've seen recently they are surprisingly light. Theoretically faster boats might not be faster on an ocean crossing
, as the crew will simply not feel like pressing the boat for days or weeks on end. This is especially true of modern "wedgie" designs. The ketch
, on paper, is expensive and much less aerodynamically efficient, but in practice it's great for crossing oceans short-handed.
Besides HR's (German Frers), worth looking at Contests (various designers), Oysters (Rob Humphrys), Discoverys (Ron Holland), Hylas
(again German Frers), and English
Moodys (Bill Dixon). Each with its own pluses and minuses. Any one of these, or an Amel, would be a great choice. I like all of them: Oyster
are simply gorgeous and have the most wonderful spatial arrangements, with their wonderful opening forward-facing salon
windows; Contests gorgeously finished and sail like a bat out of hell; Hylas
comfortable and solid; Discovery with the wonderful inside helm
station/raised nav table -- it would be hard to choose.