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.

2 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!


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