In recent years running parallel to their more prolific design of Open 60’s, 50’s and Class 40’s Owen Clarke Design have been quietly carrying out development work on a number of existing large sailing and motor yachts. Working with owners, project managers and the sailors entrusted to driving these creations around, OCD have been requested to offer their own vision for larger performance sailing yachts.
Aside from a schooner project, the details of which remain cloaked by confidentiality agreements, OCD have developed two variants for a 130’ high performance sailing yacht. Illustrated with the accompanying images is this ‘Al Fresco’ deck saloon cruiser variant.
This yacht is aimed at the owner who wants to engage with their sailing and yet can also satisfy the needs of family and guests. Modern, functional, capable of fast transoceanic passage making, effortlessly transporting owners and their guests in style and comfort over long distances, combined with being a luxurious home at anchor in remote bays for significant periods.
Key to the concept and where often large sailing yachts can be compromised is the ease of running the deck and handling a large sail-plan with a small crew without modifications to re-configure the boat for different modes of sailing (regatta, oceanic or coastal cruising). From the performance side, the main target was not just to create a modern comfortable sailboat, but having the ability to retain the connection with the elements, a yacht which is both responsive and exciting to sail and where the main engine can be quietly relegated to in port manoeuvres.
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