Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
"It's a brand new boat from one of Europe's premium boat builders," says Ed Penn, general manager at US Yachts. "It's well suited to SCIBS as it's the ideal cruising boat, well-built, with impeccable fit out and finish from a boutique builder that specialises in performance and cruising ranges. It will be quite a drawcard and at a competitive price. There are always show specials!" As Penn explains, SCIBS is an important show for dealers. "It's the first major in-water boat show that gets the season rolling. You could say it's a test of consumer confidence and an indication of the rest of the year. It's a great lead in to Sydney, where we'll have more boats on show. For visitors, it's a great place to speak to the dealers and compare boats." Thrilled to be showing the Lagoon 52 for the first time in Australia, Vicsail will also be exhibiting the Lagoon 39 for its first foray into Queensland. Cheryl Stanton, marketing manager at Vicsail says the two models are examples of the newest design of Lagoon, which is known as "the world leader in sailing cats". "They are the ideal bluewater cruising catamaran, like a floating apartment, and a step above the others in terms of innovation," she states. "The 52 and the 39 are the first of the next generation in catamarans. The biggest leap is that the mast MAINSHEET 012 has been moved aft 2-feet, so it sits central to the boat, giving the boat better stability and making the mainsail easier to handle because it has a shorter boom. The rig is taller, catching clearer air up top, and more power is pushed through the larger jib." The hull too is completely different. "They now feature a bevelled hull and vertical bow, making them cut the water more efficiently and reducing pitching. The interiors have been redesigned on the latest models. There are larger vertical windows in the saloon, and the interior styling is in the theme of 'a Parisian apartment'. Stanton promises that all who behold the Lagoon 52 will be impressed. "We're hoping to be able to position the 52 so her lines are best appreciated from the marina, as they are sharper and more striking. She will be a knockout for sure!" Peter Hrones, managing director at Team Windcraft says the company will have the Hanse 575 on show at SCIBS. "She's a sleek and stunning Judel/ Vrolijk yacht with an outstanding cockpit, revolutionary dinghy garage designed for Williams 285 jet tender with docking system, and a contemporary, versatile interior. It's a family-friendly cruiser that is a value-for-money big-boat for the shorthanded sailor." According to Hrones, the sailing market that is proving the most vital and expanding is the couples segment. "Couples whose children have or are nearing end of schooling. They are keen to give more time to their own activities while still relatively young and healthy, and their children can join them. Also younger families keen to enjoy an activity which brings them all together." Hrones, whose company represents Dehler, Hanse and Moody brands, says the reasons for taking up sailing are varied, but include simply "playing in local waterways, and then they get the 'bug' of sailing and plan longer cruises". "Likewise, they may find their competitive spirits kindled and take up competing in local club races and regattas. For some they are fulfilling long held dreams to sail the world." Cost and environmental concerns are prime concerns. "Sailing is about the journey as well as the destination. Getting there is interesting, challenging and fun. Sailing provides an endless learning curve and sense of achievement. It only takes one person to drive a powerboat, whereas all passengers can if they wish participate in sailing a yacht. A yacht is very versatile and can keep all members of the party happy." Like all sailors, Hrones says the sheer joy of sailing has to be felt to be understood. "It arises from the fundamental pleasure of simply catching a bit of wind in a cloth to propel your craft across the water. You are at one with nature; the elements are what are important. In this modern age of gadgets, screens, noise and business, it is pure pleasure to come back to basics and focus on one activity." Thankfully, in a more practical sense, he continues "modern boats are easier and more comfortable to sail which makes them even more appealing". Multihull Solutions is set to stage its most impressive display yet at the 2014 Sanctuary Cove Show. LIVE ABOARD LUXURY AFLOAT Clockwise from below: TAG 60; Hanse 575; Lagoon 52.
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