Sailing Yacht Design in 2020: Where We’re Goin’

Swift lines, sustainable materials and alternative propulsion systems

Shipyards from all over the world are offering a wealth of innovations on the sailing yacht market for the coming seasons. One noteworthy development is the large choice of compact regatta models in the range from eight to ten meters. What’s happening in sailing yacht design?

Dehler 30 OneDesign

dehler 30 od European yacht of the year
Photo R.Tomlinson

The Dehler 30 OD can be sailed by a small crew (one-hand or two-hand) and should show good performance characteristics on all courses. The tiller and double rudder steering shows that the yacht is aimed at athletic sailors.

The production process using mould construction in all segments enables the shipyard to guarantee a high degree of repeat accuracy, important for a uniform class. The construction process also minimizes weight to just 2.7 tons.

However, the German shipyard not only keeps an eye on the regatta sailors, but also turns to the cruisers. Among other things, is has sufficiently dimensioned engine for this purpose.

The shaft is completely folded in during sailing operation and this ensures a hydrodynamical optimized underwater hull.

Sailing Yacht Design in 2020: swift lines, sustainable materials and alternative propulsion systems

Fareast 28R

fareast 28r Sailing Yacht Design

The China import Fareast 28R is aimed at regatta crews who want to have fun in direct competition with four to five people on board. The internationally standard class has more than 400 boats at the starting lines worldwide.

This eight-meter boat can convince with its performance-oriented sailing characteristics, which are reflected in the silhouette with a negative bow, wide stern and chines.

Saffier SE 27 Leisure

saffier se 27 sailing yacht design

In contrast to the 28R, the Saffier SE 27 Leisure offers pure elegance. Large areas in the deck area and cockpit not only give the Saffier an elegant figure, but also make it the ideal family ship with sufficient sunbathing space.

The helmsman has everything under control in the cockpit and can choose between the tiller or wheel steering. The shipyard has also provided thie Saffier SE 27 Leisure with an impressive lower deck area, which makes multi-day tours possible.

A-Yachts A27

a-27 a-yachts daysailer Sailing Yacht Design

The A-27, designed by the italian Lorenzo Argento, has been presented last year. In 12 months, the Austrian yard sold nine A-27 (one also in New Zealand!).

This is not a yacht designed only for relaxing day trips, but is also fast enough to excel and win a regatta.

J/Boats J/99

j boats j99 Sailing Yacht Design

With its deck and sail plan, the addition to the J-Sport range can be sailed by a large crew as well as by one or two hands.

Below deck, the J/99 also offer a fully-fledged interior to ensure comfortable cruising even on longer stages. This makes the 9.9m long yacht also suitable for offshore classics, but also for family crews and offers the comfort of full standing height below deck.

Greenboats Flax27

greenboats flax 27 daysailer Sailing Yacht Design

The boatbuilding company Greenboats uses flax fibres instead of glass fibres. Greenboats is building the green Bente 24 and also its own Flax27, designed by Judel/Vrolijk, an 8.2m daysailer with classic lines.

The use of alternative materials has its price, but according to the boat builder, it also ensures an 80 percent reduction in CO2 compared to conventional GRP processing.

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