Custom 65 Blue Water Cruising Yacht

On this page we show the result of an internal exercises that we ran at Owen Clarke Design during 2004, looking at developing designs that would use the same hull and deck tooling as Spirit of Adventure. 

The aim of the exercise was to appeal to the performance orientated sailor who is looking for a sleek cruiser racer type design with a more traditional style of accommodation consisting of three cabins and a complete but lightweight fit out from stem to stern.

One goal was to have great performance characteristics with some of the extra weight of the additional cabins etc being compensated by a more modest interior style, lighter systems package and a different deck plan. This is possible because the yacht would be aimed at the occasional trans-oceanic delivery passage rather than the sustained blue water round the world adventure for which Spirit of Adventure is designed. It was our intention that the keel would be a simple lifting keel allowing a minimum draft of 2.6m and adding @ 2,200kg to the displacement of the yacht and a reduction of all round performance of a little under 5% compared to Spirit of Adventure. By simplifying the interior finish and reducing the overall specification our aim was to design to a maximum budget, sailing of @ £1.2 to £1.3M.

This variant is what it looks like: a more conservative version of Spirit of Adventure.  We sent out a questionnaire and had many discussions with sailors and builders during the design and construction of Spirit of Adventure. We istened to a number of owners and project managers of existing yachts expressing what they would look for in their next boat. As a result of that feedback we’ve designed the accommodation around a simple lifting keel and came up with two versions because of course no group came up with the same layout and the order of priorities were somwhat different.

One common denominator that affected the style of the design a great deal was the cockpit. All parties wanted a space open to the sky for dining and relaxing when in harbour and at anchor. This was the exact opposite of our existing client who wanted to be out of the weather when sailing. This change in emphasis dictated that we remove the covered area, under which on Spirit of Adventure the outside dining area is situated. The result is a very spacious deck arrangement with recessed winches to maintain the look of the sweeping curves of the coachroof. The interiors are markedly different depending on the number of cabins required for guests or charters, but there was a general consensus in wanting the main stateroom forward and most preferred there to be provision for true sailing berths somewhere on the boat if possible.

To discuss your own particular cruising requirements contact: Cruising

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