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Old 25-06-2017, 08:22   #181
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Re: Flush Deck Boats Illustrated Guide

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Came across this boat design today in a sale ad. Dufour 35Year = 1978 Asking Price = £ 19,950 (US$ 25,791) Location = UK Southhampton 1978 Dufour 35 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Dufour 35 is a very strongly built boat, but I'm not convince that flush deck is a great cruising feature at least up to the mast. The foredeck can be flush to store the dinghy upside down when sailing or sunbathing at anchorage, but behind the mast, I like to be able to move forward with my harness & a good handgrip, in the middle of the night when a blow just hits us without warning...
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Old 25-06-2017, 14:29   #182
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Re: Flush Deck Boats Illustrated Guide

Taswell 49 at Santa Cruz Island California (Channel Islands National Park)

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Old 25-06-2017, 17:32   #183
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Taswell 49 at Santa Cruz Island California (Channel Islands National Park)

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Nice looking boat!

Thanks for sharing your video here, adding to the mix of interesting FDB.
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Re: Flush Deck Boats Illustrated Guide

Wally "Tango"

LOA = 100 feet

Just launched.
Flush Deck.
Check out that keel.

"The 100′ Wally ‘Tango’ was launched in Savona Italy yesterday to begin a busy month of sea trials before the handover to the client. This opens a new chapter in an intense and exciting build project, our largest to date. It is also we believe the most innovative, the most stylish, and certainly has been one of the most satisfying to develop in collaboration with the client and his team, Wally Yachts, Pininfarina, and Persico Marine. More here: http://mills-design.com/news/"
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Re: Flush Deck Boats Illustrated Guide

Sundeer 56 or 60

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I recently had the opportunity to board a Sundeer 56/60 while I was on another boat that had to raft up to it in St. John's (Newfoundland) harbor. While I was not able to see below decks because the owner/crew was not aboard at the time, I was very impressed by what I saw when I carefully and quietly crossed their decks to first tie up to the boat and then later, to get ashore.

The first impression was "high quality." Everything on this particular boat looked "Bristol condition" and all of the hardware and finish looked perfect. Everything from the teak trim (minimal) to the stainless was in perfect condition.

My second impression was of the hard dodger/Pilothouse. I liked what I saw. Some Sundeer boats have a soft dodger, but most apparently have a hard dodger (doghouse) or pilothouse. This one was long enough for two internal settees that looked about 6 feet long. It was very nicely constructed, and appears to give excellent visibility to anyone sitting inside on watch. On this particular boat, the doghouse/pilothouse had an enclosed build, with doors to the rest of the cockpit. I mention this, because I have seen others that were open (no doors enclosing the aft end of pilothouse). I very much liked what I saw. I suppose the doors could be removed in the tropics (on other boats), but in the cold water location I was in at the time, the thought of a nice dry and warm protected pilothouse/doghouse was appreciated.

My third impression was of the wide side decks as I walked forward towards the bow (we had to raft up). These boats are designed as flush deck boats, so the deck forward of the pilothouse is relatively flat and open. I walked forward and past the numerous large Dorade vents (the boat has 10), each with a granny bar guard around it. The impression I had was of "great working deck space" and "security" from numerous handholds and a higher lifeline (I estimate 32 inches). The relatively flat deck was covered in nice anti-slip paint. Everything felt "high quality" and well designed. There were several large square deck hatches too.

Here are some more facts and statements from my notes on this boat design. It is one of my favorites, so over the years I have collected some facts and snippets of descriptions. I encourage sailors to read about these boats and their design because they represent such a high level of "blue water boat design" and have many interesting features.

The photos I am posting below are simply added to illustrate this boat. The Sundeer line includes a 64 footer, and you may see one in the following photos, I am adding it to show the design too. They are very similar. The 56/60 is essentially the same boat, with the 60 having a larger lazzerette locker in the stern.
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Some Facts and Opinions by Reviewers:

Steady: Designed by Steve Dashew. To learn more about Dashew, google his name to find his site "Set Sail" and then read his bio and some of his books (he has provided several of his excellent books as free download PDF files). I learned a lot by reading his "Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia" 28 years ago, and it is one of his free books today. Highly recommended.

Snippets from other reviews:

"They were built by Tillotson Pearson Industrial Composites or TPI for short in Warren, Rhode Island.

They produced seventeen of the 56/60 Sundeers from 1994 to 1997.

They regularly average over 200 nautical miles a day offshore.

The Sundeer has large capacity tanks carrying 400 gallons of water and 220 gallons of fuel.

Steady: By design, there is no requirement or need to have a watermaker or generator, or in most places an air conditioner.

A good review (written in 2000) tells some details.
A New Dawn for Sundeer - boats.com
Here are some excerpts:

"All raw water intake is via a single through-hull fitting that feeds a manifold with taps to the engine, fridge, toilets, etc., and all output is through a single exhaust above the waterline in the stern of the boat, or through big structural standpipes that require no seacocks. Each of the segregated watertight compartments in the boat has its own electric bilge pumps, and a single high-capacity engine-driven crash pump has intakes plumbed into each compartment for emergency use.

With a Displacement/Length ratio of 80, the boat's hull qualifies it as an ultralight racer, but its rig, with a Sail Area/Displacement ratio of 17.5 is, by comparison, quite conservative. This is the core of the Sundeer concept: a light, very easily-driven hull coupled with a modest, easily handled sail plan.

Most importantly, the radical D/L is achieved not through radical lightweight construction, but primarily through hullform. This is not a large boat, but a long one that maximizes waterline, arguably the single most significant factor when it comes to performance, while minimizing beam, thus greatly reducing wetted surface while maintaining directional stability. The entry is very fine and the bilges are rounded rather than flat, reducing both horizontal and vertical wave resistance. Because the long, narrow hull has good directional stability and does not need a tall rig to drive it, the keel can be kept short and shallow, further reducing wetted surface while enhancing structural integrity. For cruising sailors this has added benefits. The six-foot draft allows access to shoal-water cruising grounds, and the 64-foot mast can squeak under bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Steering and Sail Handling: What struck us most about the Sundeer is that under sail she does not feel at all like a 60-foot boat. From behind the wheel, the impression is of an easily managed 45-footer. Only when one starts moving forward along the deck toward the bow and notices the trip takes longer than expected is the boat's true size made apparent.

In anything approaching favorable conditions, it will be easy to push this boat over 200 miles a day, and in ideal conditions, you should see around 240 miles.

But the most remarkable aspect of the boat's speed is how effortless it can seem. On several occasions in moderate conditions, when it felt as though the boat was just lazing along, we glanced at the speedo and were surprised to find we were turning a crisp 10 knots.

One may be tempted to dismiss the concept of a 60-foot boat that can be easily sailed by one or two people as oxymoronic, but, in fact, it is not. Again, this is not a large boat, simply a long one. The rig is short and the sails can be set, reefed and furled without any electric or hydraulic assistance. The deck and interior are very comfortable and easy to move around in a seaway. The systems are well thought out, easy to access and maintain, and can, if one chooses, be kept extremely simple for a boat this size. "
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Specifications for the Sundeer 60

LOA 59'11"
LWL. 59'0"
Beam 13'6"
Draft. 6'0"
Displ. 36,500 lbs.
Ballast 11,500 lbs.
Sail area 1,205 sq. ft.
D/L 80
SA/D 17.5
B/D 32%
Engine 88-h.p. Yanmar 4-cyl. diesel
Fuel 220 gals.
Water 400 gals.
Designer Steve Dashew
Builder TPI Composites, Inc. & Sundeer Yachts
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Re: Flush Deck Boats Illustrated Guide

This is a scale model of a 28' variation (that was not built) of a Flush Deck Boat named "RANGER" that sailed on Sydney Harbor for 70 years.

Sharing here because I think the model looks nice and this is of a FDB.
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[SIZE="5"]Sundeer 56 or 60[/SIZE Steady's Notes:
I recently had the opportunity to board a Sundeer 56/60...
Builder TPI Composites, Inc. & Sundeer Yachts
Inside neads another head ! Can you see yourself in the master bedroom, in the middle of the night with an urgent need to drain your beer belly ? You have to go all the way to the companionway & open two doors !
Another thing: If you want a sailboat to go anywhere (From a shallow lagoon in the Tropics to Antartica, you're better to have a fully enclosed steering position such as on Poupon's alloy 70 footer with its lifting keel & free standing carbon mizzen mast. Amen !
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Inside neads another head ! Can you see yourself in the master bedroom, in the middle of the night with an urgent need to drain your beer belly ? You have to go all the way to the companionway & open two doors !
Another thing: If you want a sailboat to go anywhere (From a shallow lagoon in the Tropics to Antartica, you're better to have a fully enclosed steering position such as on Poupon's alloy 70 footer with its lifting keel & free standing carbon mizzen mast. Amen !
The second head was optional but the master became smaller as a result. Remember it was designed as a boat for a couple.

It was also not designed for the polar regions.

Was very successful with average mileages of over 50,000 per boat. Many have circumnavigated, some multiple times.
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The second head was optional but the master became smaller as a result. Remember it was designed as a boat for a couple. It was also not designed for the polar regions. Was very successful with average mileages of over 50,000 per boat. Many have circumnavigated, some multiple times.
Any web sites where owners talk about their cruises & their sailboat ???
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Any web sites where owners talk about their cruises & their sailboat ???
Here: SetSail FPB » Blog Archive » Deerfoot and Sundeer History
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