Voted the 2003 Cruising World Boat of the Year.
Designed by shorthanded racing guru Rodger Martin, the 47s slippery hull is put to cruising use. "Shes a detuned thoroughbred," said BOTY judge Ralph Naranjo. "She has a shoal draft [6 feet] and a small rig, but shes real efficient going through the water." The design brief was to create a low-energy, with a working sail area kept under 1,000 square feet. Shes built in South Africa of E-glass and epoxy over a foam core. "Epoxy is the best resin you can build boats out of," said Ralph, "and all the signs were of a high fiber-to-resin ratio." The layout above deck and below is elegantly simple. "It was hard to wipe the smile off my face when I was moving around that boat," said BOTY judge Carol Hasse. The last comment in BOTY judge Skip Moyers notebook summed up the judges impressions: "Wow! I like this boat."
Features self-tacking jib and shoal draft keel integral with hull for seamless high-strength construction. Cavernous space below decks even at an overall displacement of 25,400 lb.! This has been developed in partnership with the first owner into a superb contemporary cruising boat easily handled alone.
Length Overall 46.6' / 14.2m
Length Waterline 42.1' / 12.8m
Beam 14.3' / 4.4m
Draft 6.0' / 1.8m
Displacement 25370# / 11532 kg
Sail Area 1130 sq.ft / 105 sq.m