Gray Wolf’s designer Rodger Martin has drawn a cruising boat that at first glance appears conventional and slightly conservative but is in reality a powerhouse brimming with innovation and radical thought. Her construction derives from advanced design technology and from simple solutions to sophisticated requirements. She has a pleasing appearance built into a very functional shape. None of this is surprising given Martin’s enduring association with long-distance singlehanded yacht-racing design, a career in which we’ve seen him produce the likes of BOC giants Airco Distributor, Grinaker, Duracell, and Coyote. Gray Wolf’s more exciting features include a hull constructed using WEST epoxy and strip-planked red cedar, an unstayed carbon mast, integral water ballast tanks to level the boat and increase sail-carrying ability, a plumb bow and stern providing maximum waterline length, and a deep fin keel with attached bulb to ensure stability and superior sailing qualities. These features are not often found on a cruising boat, but their effective use on Gray Wolf results in a vessel that is fast, easy to sail and immensely strong.