The Hull

Further to my post about wanting to sail through the French Canals, I had better start making a list of the things we require in regards to the hull of our future yacht.

  • Maximum draft of less than 1.8m to take it through the French Canals. Many of the yachts we have researched so far have got a normal and a shallow draft option. The shallow draft keel is usually heavier and it might mean some sacrificing on upwind performance perhaps. That is something we would need to investigate.
  • Hull length of around 38 feet. We have had a look at larger yachts as well but we think that 38′ would work well for us to be able to handle and within our budget. Anything bigger gets a lot harder to use – the sails are heavier and harder to trim, and everything gets more expensive the larger you go (winches, sails, sheets, halyards etc)
  • Construction – I expect we will go for fibreglass. Wildwood is wooden, and while I love wooden boats – they have such great personality – I think fibreglass is going to be easier to maintain.
  • Does the hull come with antifoul if purchased new?
  • What kind of rudder?
  • Sail drive or shaft?
  • Are there markings on the deck for haulout purposes
  • Where are the sea cocks located?
  • Does it have a swim platform? I love this new innovation – would be great to extend the cockpit, make life easier for getting in and out of the dinghy, great for swimming and perhaps diving etc – it will be interesting to see how these yachts handle in a large following sea. I am sure that they have been designed appropriately.

The Sun Odyssey had a lovely swim platform – but it didn’t take up the whole transom, which meant that there was still storage space and a place to sit, which we really like. Also the shoal draft keel has twin rudders and is able to be ‘beached’ which could be really handy for a quick clean down, or if accidentally grounded. The twin rudders might also be handy if one was damaged you might still have use of the other perhaps? I will need to do some more research on this and we have been assured that the shoal draft does not affect upwind performance.

4 thoughts on “The Hull

  1. That’s a good question about if it comes with antifoul already if you buy a new boat. I had assumed it did, but now you’re making me wonder because I remember someone talking about what colour anitfoul she was going to use on her new boat – so maybe not?


    • I think it might be part of the commissioning process as the brand new yacht we saw being unwrapped on the hard had no antifoul on. I remember with the stuff I use that it can’t sit out in the air for too long as it goes too hard. Will do some more research!


  2. Our boat is an Alluminium French “Trismus 37″ 2 lifting centreboards, in line. both 20mm alloy plate, the main extending the draft to 2m. The aft one, just fwd of the rudder, to 1.75m draft. Draft 1m with them both up. As with most of the French CBers she sits upright when taking the ground, keel base max is 700mm wide The aft board goes down when the wind is aft of the beam, and can be used for trimming / balance when on the wind. Main board comes up once we are easing sheets. There are a wide range of French built yachts starting from the 1970 through to today that are very good cruising yachts. J. P. Brouns is a prolific designer and has been involved from the early days with Ally. Many of his designs are currently built using the”Strongall” method. Immensely strong and roomy.

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