Nevis 62

"Shipyard News" from our July 27, 2007, CW Reckonings

The forthcoming Nevis 62 will feature an aluminum hull, full keel, and raised saloon.

The forthcoming Nevis 62 will feature an aluminum hull, full keel, and raised saloon.Johnbutlerassociates.co.uk

Contracts are being signed at Kanter Yachts to build a full-keeled cruising boat with a decidedly modern look. Designed by Englishman John Butler for a client in New Hampshire, the cutter-rigged Nevis 62 will be built of aluminum by Kanter in St Thomas, Ontario.

It features a raised saloon with seating to port that takes full advantage of the view from the large windows. The nav station is to starboard and aft, where presumably the navigator can communicate easily with the helmsman. Three steps down is the U-shaped galley that looks like it will have plenty of counter space using the full width of the boat. Forward are two cabins each with a head and shower. Aft is the owner's suite with a large centerline double berth. The head and shower is on the starboard side and an office is to port.

On deck the cockpit sole is at deck level surrounded by high coamings and protected forward by the high bulkhead of the house. There appears to be room for a large, deep lazarette and the drawings show a hard-bottom inflatable stowed on the flush foredeck. Unusual for a modern cruising boat, the Nevis 62 has a full keel with the rudder attached.
There's an aperture for the propeller. Draft is a moderate 7 foot, 3 inches, with a 42 percent ballast/displacement ratio.

The 15/16 rig features a full-battened main and two non-overlapping jibs. A large masthead genoa would be a welcome addition in lighter airs or when reaching.

The projected launch date is the summer of 2009, so the owner will have time to shakeout any bugs before leaving for an extended cruise in 2010.