It's BOTY Time
It's BOTY Time
Which of these new designs will prevail as our 2012 Boat of the Year? Stay tuned. "New Boats" from our October 2011 issue.
The trend with most modern daysailers is to apply the classic lines of a narrow hull and long overhangs, but sneak in a modern underbody with efficient foils. But the Marblehead 22, by designer Doug Zurn, and built by Samoset Boatworks in Maine, is a break from the norm. Using a 45-pound Hall Spars un-stayed rig and wishbone boom, it becomes an entirely different sort of daysailer, harkening back to the under appreciated Wyliecat 17. Such a rig can be placed well forward in the boat, which opens up the cockpit to a lounge-like 12 feet. There’s a little cuddy for gear and the aft lockers will fit a cooler. www.samosetboatworks.com
For those with aspirations of real offshore solo sailing—i.e. crossing oceans—the Mini class remains the most economical proving ground. Access to this scene comes in only two ways: tricked-out custom prototypes, or less expensive production designs. The Pogo 2 is a production kit built by Open Sailing in Marina Del Rey, Calif. As a production Mini, this boat incorporates less expensive materials (no carbon in the hull) and has an aluminum rig. With numerous Pogo 2s now sailing worldwide, the boat’s sail-handling systems have been refined, which means you, too, can be on your way to racing transatlantic for less than $60,000. www.opensailingusa.com