DVD 60’ Steel Staysail Schooner

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This classic schooner design was commissioned by a client who liked our larger 67’ schooner but needed to reduce the overall size.

She will be ruggedly built in steel but sporting a composite cabin trunk and deckhouse, thereby minimizing maintenance in this highly utilized area, aiding stability and keeping the overall weight within reason. The hull shape is a constant radius chine which will result in an easy to fabricate structure.

An important criteria for this vessel was the need to create a boat which has a sea-kindly motion, can be easily handled by a couple (if necessary) and which will comfortably accommodate up to 6 people on long passages or coastal cruising. Currently the owner cruises a similar size but much lighter (and therefore much livelier) yacht. The heavier steel hull we have chosen will dampen the motion, resulting in more comfort and a more rested crew when they reach their destination. The schooner rig is ideally suited to shorthanded sailing as the available sail area is divided into easily manageable amounts.
Furthermore, the classic styling was intentionally chosen to provide timeless appeal which presents an opposite to today’s crop of euro-styled cruising boats.
There is a comfortable raised deck saloon (offering great views) within in the deckhouse which also incorporates an inside steering station. Forward of this is the galley and 3 double cabins (2 with ensuite) and mess area and day head.
The sleeping cabins have deliberately been located amidships where the motion is least and well way from the activity in the cockpit. There is a workshop/sail locker forward which is separated from the living area by a watertight bulkhead and which is accessed from the foredeck. A pivoting section of the transom will provide access to the water and easy boarding.

This boat will satisfy the needs of those wanting to cruise in style and comfort.

Principal Characteristics:
LOA - 20.12 m (66’ 0”)
DWL - 15.5 m (50’ 10”)
Beam - 5.0 m (16’ 5”)
Draught - 2.15 m (6’ 11”)
Sail Area - 204 m² (2196 sq. feet)
Power - 204 m² (2196 sq. feet)
LOD - 18.3 m (60’ 0”)

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