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Rob Doyle Design unveils 46m performance ketch


Irish design company Rob Doyle Design has designed a 46 metre ketch that emphasise performance levels. The deck styling incorporates the interior with the exterior with a low glass wraparound superstructure, which enables a large sky deck. She will accommodate guests over 5 cabins, including a large master’s cabin. Accommodation will also be provided for crew over 4 cabins.

The combination of a sleek profile, balanced shearline and a plumb bow allows the hull to take full advantage of the longest possible waterline. Careful design on the run aft allows the boat to float dry in light airs, reducing the wetted surface area but soaking up the waterline length when needed for best upwind performance.

The fin and bulb keel is designed to give the least drag and gain the maximum stability but to allow the draft of the yacht not to be prohibitive to gaining access to the best cruising grounds. This is achieved by means of a vertical lift keel using a fast acting single hydraulic ram, tried and tested technology developed by Rob Doyle Design. The twin rudder system is the best solution to allow shallow draft cruising whilst still giving total control of this high performance yacht.

The Bucket rig has been optimised, again, maximising performance along the way. Coupling this rig with a balanced foil package and a powerful hull shape offers a package that the company hopes will lift the performance levels of performance cruising ketches still further.

By Gemma Fottles

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