Modern sailing yachts offer an array of technological advancements, design styles, and onboard comforts. Some sailing yachts are built for high-performance racing speeds, while others combine economical cruising with onboard comfort.
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Comfort and Security
In terms of guest comfort, sailing yacht design now includes features such as flush-mounted hatches, which keep decks clear and prevent the accidental stubbing of toes. Sailing yacht interiors are often of the highest quality, offering a level of elegance that is on par with some motor yachts.
- Full air conditioning
- Surround-sound audio systems
- King-size beds can be found aboard some of the most prestigious sailing yachts today
Sailing Yacht Types
The three primary styles of sailing yachts built for comfortable cruising are sloop, ketch, and schooner.
A sloop is a sailing yacht with a single mast. Sloops are generally the easiest and least expensive to outfit and control, since they require the fewest sails overall. On the other hand, having few sails means less flexibility and potentially uncomfortable motion onboard. For instance, if a mainsail must be lowered in a strong wind, the change of motion happens all at once instead of gradually as it would with multiple sails being lowered one at a time.
A ketch is a sailing yacht with two masts. Ketches evolved as ways for boats to increase their total sail area, power, and speed beyond that of a sloop—while keeping the sails themselves small enough for human beings to handle in the days before automated winches. Off-wind, ketches offer the benefit of multiple sail plan options for harnessing every last bit of breeze.
A schooner is a sailing yacht that has at least two masts—and, in years past, as many as six or seven. Like the ketch, the schooner evolved as a way to increase overall sail area while maintaining sails small enough for humans to handle. Also like the ketch, the schooner offers the benefit of multiple sail plan options.
Sailing Yacht Features
All sailing yachts are among the most environmentally friendly boats in the world, since they use wind as their primary method of propulsion and engines only as a backup. Most modern sailing yachts use technology to make the act of sailing easier than it used to be. For instance, today’s automated winches can adjust a sail’s trim at the push of a button, whereas multiple crew members might have been required to complete the same task in the past. Sailing yacht design, too, has evolved to ensure guest comfort no matter how many crew are required. As an example, some sailing yachts are built with double-cockpit designs that provide one cockpit for the guests to relax and a separate cockpit for the crew to steer the yacht, trim the sails, and perform other key duties.
Sailing yachts built primarily to race or compete in regattas are different in that they are designed with speed as their utmost goal. Heavy granite countertops, which are lovely for a cruising sailboat, might be replaced with a lightweight alternative to keep the yacht’s overall weight down. Carbon-fiber rigging might replace steel components for the same reason, and a hull shaped for low water resistance might be preferred to a hull that maximizes the size of guest cabins. Such attributes are, of course, decided upon by the owner depending on how he wants to use his sailing yacht.
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