Aerodyne 47

Best Full-Size Cruiser

Rodger Martin Design

Voted the 2003 Cruising World Boat of the Year.

Designed by shorthanded racing guru Rodger Martin, the 47’s slippery hull is put to cruising use. "She’s a detuned thoroughbred," said BOTY judge Ralph Naranjo. "She has a shoal draft [6 feet] and a small rig, but she’s 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. She’s 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 Moyer’s notebook summed up the judges’ impressions: "Wow! I like this boat."

Rodger Martin Design

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