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.