Sails : Sails 24 February March 2014
NEW YACHTS 083 PREMIER 45 The Dubai-based yard of Premier Composites has been prolific in recent years with a variety of grand prix yachts launched including the Farr 400 one-design and a Carkeek 60 for Sydney yachtsman Matt Allen. As such, we can expect plenty of performance to come from their new flagship cruiser model, the Premier 45. Early reports from fellow European journalists say that the boat is sprightly and as the picture shows, it doesn't look like the average performance-cruiser. Designed by Botin-Carkeek, the partnership that penned Team New Zealand's TP52, the Premier 45 is built with a carbon fibre, foam cored hull and deck designed to give high The Premier 45 is a stylish performance-cruiser with race rig and deep lifting keel that comes with a fully furn ished interior. stability and light displacement. The foils are also interesting with a deep draft of nine foot reduced to six- foot by a lifting keel, while there's a large spade rudder for upwind bite. "As many northern European marinas have only around 2.2m draft, which is not good enough for sailing performance, a lifting keel becomes a good solution for our Premier 45," explained Premier boss Max Weimar. The lifting keel is designed to integrate without dominating the interior and adjoins the keel-stepped rig. According to the company, the rounded hull design has been developed to excel in downwind conditions and maintain stable handling offshore. Also included in the Premier 45 package is a Southern Spars carbon mast and boom, retractable bowsprit and Harken deck gear, while standing rigging is Nitronic rod. A composite interior structure is infusion moulded using 5-axis CNC milled tooling and is styled by Snohetta from Norway. The interior fit-out includes Corian kitchen worktops with a three-burner stove and smoked oak floorboards lit by LED. Accommodation will house a race crew of seven in three double cabins -- including an ensuite owner's berth forward -- while the main saloon has a low profile top (which looks good but is perhaps exposed to weather in heavy seas) with narrow portlights that unusually also face forward. The Premier 45's cruising credentials should appeal thanks to a teak clad cockpit that has sufficient mouldings to lounge on and there's even a swim platform nicely positioned between the twin steering wheels; while an extensive options list includes generators, customised anchor arm and a myriad selection of other goodies. Stylish touches include throttle controls with B&G instrumentation cleverly hidden behind sliding teak doors, which all goes to make the Premier 45 an outstanding looking yacht. www.pct.ae and www.vicsail.com MODEL Premier 45 LOA 13.72 m LWL 12.94 m BEAM 4.15 m DRAFT 2.75m keel down & 1.83m retracted ENGINE Volvo Penta 55 HP SAIL AREA Mainsail: 69.8 m2, Jib: 50.6 m2, Spinnaker: 190 m2 DISPLACEMENT 8,034 kg BALLAST 3,340 kg PRICE Euro 423,381 ex factory FORM AND FUNCTION The lifting keel of the Premier 45 is designed to integrate without dominating the boat's interior.
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