29m Custom Blue Water Cruising Yacht

This custom cruising design is based upon a specification laid down by an existing client and has been developed to the point of build tender. Indicative pricing subject to specification and contract has been attained from build yard and suppliers. We are now awaiting the sail of the owner's current yacht that will allow this project to proceed. At the same time we invite other prospective clients to engage with us as designers to discuss the potential of building a similar sailboat from the same hull tooling and to make other economies of cost as might be possible through project suppliers.

Owen Clarke Design have expanded on the list provided from our experience of long distance sailing and discussions with other owners and professional skippers who sail and/or have commissioned this type of blue water cruising yacht. The design highlighted in this document includes:

  • Lifting keel which allows for access to shallower lagoons and bays, crossing bars/reefs and anchoring closer to the shore for convenience, comfort and security
  • A garage for the storage of a permanently inflated rigid inflatable tender, again for convenience and security
  • Well proportioned work shop and engine space with excellent access to all machinery, pumps etc, without having to dismantle adjacent piping/components for maintenance.
  • Access to the engine and machinery spaces that allows maintenance to continue without disrupting the rest of the boat or inconveniencing the owner/guests
  • A walk in larder for fresh produce/vegetable storage on long passages which also includes built in fridge and freezer cabinets.
  • Guest cabins with modular furniture that allows configurations with twin or double beds for use in port or sailing. Additional ‘Pullman’ berths for children/guests if needed
  • Ample stowage accessible from deck: aft garage, forward sail locker and deep side deck lockers with watertight hatches above the machinery space                                                                       

Length                                                 29.0 m

Beam                                                   7.06 m

Draft minimum                             2.60 m

Draft maximum                             4.50 m

Displacement                                     62 t

Upwind sail area                           431 m2

SA/Displacement                           28.3

Length/Displacement                 79

For the design illustrated we started with something very akin to the client’s base yacht, a Jongert that they had been aboard and liked the layout of. Among the main factors that drive the styling of the exterior is the requirement for all round views when dining on deck in the coachroof saloon. The hull form, in this case with a single rudder, is driven by internal volume requirements around which we’ve designed a performance orientated hull commensurate with the target displacement. Since the yacht is custom we can re-style the exterior in any format, but for the purposes of this proposal we have begun with a typical modern cruising layout with a minimalist, fully planked, teak foredeck.

The layout is based on one owner’s suite and two guest cabins. Also, because client’s existing yacht has an owner’s cabin aft we began with that layout. Alternate owners cabin layout midships or forward have their own advantages/disadvantages and these can be discussed and explored in detail as part of the design process.

As drawn, access to the full width large owner’s suite is via a private stairwell on the starboard side in the main saloon which is divided into dining to port and lounge area to starboard. The main saloon sits under a retractable glass roof and aft glazed bulkhead that can be opened to allow dining/seating outside in port or underway. We have already undertaken investigations with respect to this feature with a potential builder and anticipate no problem in fulfilling this area of the specification. The chart table/navigation area (port side aft of dining area) and saloon seating are set at a height that provides panoramic seated views.

There is no provision for seating/dining below since with a spacious deck saloon (4.5m x 5m) that can be used in fine or poor weather it was felt that the volume below was better used on a long distance blue water yacht to provide for a single large machinery space and storage lockers accessible from the deck. Access to the engine room is via a door in the side of the passageway to the owner’s cabin as well as a secondary entrance through a hatch under the central steps leading forward into the rest of the yacht.

Two en-suite guest cabins are positioned port and starboard, just aft of the lifting keel box which extends from hull bottom to deck head. To starboard there is a day head/WC and to port a walk in larder (including separate fridge/freezers) for storage of fresh produce/vegetables on long passages and at remote locations. Access to the galley and crew mess is through paneled watertight doors either side of the lifting keel box. There are two en-suite crew cabins forward, port and starboard.

Aft, the dinghy garage and a general stowage area are separated from the accommodation by a watertight bulkhead. Sail stowage, bow thruster and anchor chain are positioned in a bow compartment, again separated from the accommodation by a watertight bulkhead. The fourth watertight bulkhead (to saloon floor level) is the forward engine room bulkhead which has a watertight hatch on its forward side beneath the stairs. Additional storage for lines, fenders and gas bottles are provided by lockers that are built into the outboard side of the machinery space above the fuel tanks. Accesses to these are through watertight, teak finished, flush deck hatches with the standard drain feature typical for this item.

As with the majority of yacht design companies it is normal for us to undertake the interior design and exterior styling of the yacht ourselves. However, for a vessel of this size and complexity our recommendation would be to engage a specialist company who will bring their own ideas and experience to the table at the same time as increasing the size of the design team immediately, thus allowing more work to be completed quickly in the early stages of the design. They would be expected to work alongside Owen-Clarke and the client to develop the interior design and exterior styling of the yacht. 

To discucss your own particular cruising requirements contact:Cruising

Foran explanation of the technology behind the design process go to: NAVAL ARCHITECTURE

For an insight into our engineering and detailed design work go to:ENGINEERING

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