In recent years, the Austrian shipyard Sunbeam Yachts has accustomed us to some radical choices, such as the drastic renewal of the range started about 4 years ago, which gradually phased out all boats above 32 feet. Today, Sunbeam Yachts produces four models: the 22.1, the 28.1, the 32.1, and the new entry Sunbeam 29.1, presented at the recent boot Dusseldorf 2024.
The idea behind the Sunbeam 29.1 was to build the ultimate weekender, more than just a daysailer. The Sunbeam 29.1 has a hydraulic swing keel that allows exploring shallow anchorages. As an option, the keel can be adjusted electrically continuously by pressing a button from the cockpit. Once the keel is retracted, the draft is reduced to 0.85 m, compared to the standard 1.85 m. The boat’s dimensions – 9 m by 2.49 m – have been designed to facilitate trailer transport.
The sail plan consists of a horned mainsail and a self-tacking jib, providing a maximum downwind sail area of 47 m2. An integrated bowsprit allows rigging a furling gennaker or a code zero. Membrane sails and a carbon mast are available as additional options.
Easy Single-Handed Sailing
All maneuvers are executed by the helmsman below deck, facilitating solo navigation. This system, contributing to the elegant look of the vessel, also keeps the deck clear to avoid entanglement in halyards and sheets.
The cockpit winches are also available in electric versions. An electric anchor windlass is available for the bowsprit.
An Open Cockpit to the Sea
The open cockpit concept provides more usable space on deck, featuring an integrated bathing platform and a swim ladder at the stern. The removable cockpit table can accommodate up to 4 people and is easily stowed in the left locker. The GPS and instrumentation are positioned next to the gangway.
Inside, the Sunbeam 29.1 can be equipped with two modules on both sides of the boat, a kitchen unit, and/or a shower unit. These modules can also be installed later, depending on the owner’s needs or in case of resale.
The Sunbeam 29.1 comes standard with a 4 kW electric motor powered by Lion batteries. As an alternative to teak for the deck covering, the shipyard has been using a natural product based on rice husks and mineral salts for several years. The deck structure includes a special area for solar panels, which will be used to power the instruments, refrigerator, and radio.
Sunbeam 29.1 Specs
|0,85 – 1,85 m
|Ballast in %
|Max Sail Area (high tech) Area
|Main Sail for Battensail, standard size
|Gennaker, Furling Sustem