Sad to hear that Chuck Paine has retired from designing. Saw some of the aluminum
Kanter yachts that he did and they are a really interesting concept
. I know of one that cruises in Antarctica and a couple that are in the chartering business.
Personally(not that I am biased) I think the Bowman 40 was the greatest boat he ever designed. Such a pity that Bowman gave in to the demands of a customer and stretched the mould from 40 to 42 feet. Unbalancing the perfect harmony of the 40. The company that bought the moulds, Rustler yachts, don't seem to be turning out any new Bowmans these days, concentrating rather on their Steven Jones designed Rustlers- a good boat too but not IMHO in the league of the Bowman 40.
Our boat has a RT of 15and 91/100 tonnes, not sure what that relates to in 'real' terms. We find that she actually sails
rather well in light airs and we have managed to maintain 3-4 knots in less than 5 knots of wind- pure magic. That may have a lot to do with the heavy weight fully battened main we have that's cut to 'belly' and hold the lightest puff of wind
Looking forward to seeing pics of the new boat too!