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Lagoons, Outremers and Gunboats).
Stepping aboard via a sidedeck or
the inside aft quarter of one of the
hulls, which are cleverly designed to
function as dinghy docks, you'll note
the excellent ergonomics - secure
handholds seem to fall naturally to
hand - and then the enormous expanse
of cockpit. As you take the helm or
choose a seat, you'll notice the near
perfect sight lines. The view through
the bridgedeck is so clear you could almost forget it's there.
deSign and conStruction
The design brief was to create a range
of yachts aimed at keen, experienced
sailors and restore the sensations that
monohull owners often miss when they
sail a cruising cat. The platform to hull
length ratio is short - usually an indicator of good performance and seakeeping - and there's plenty of volume
in the bow sections to damp the pitching motion. The hulls have a high loadcarrying capacity, which is a bonus for
blue water cruising. They have fixed
keels rather than daggerboards, which
does widen their tacking angle but reduces the risk of breakages and makes
them easier to sail.
Regular resins, fibers and core materials are used rather than high-cost carbon composites but vacuum infusion
keeps the weight down. More weight
and cost savings are achieved by simplifying the furniture - open lockers rather
than chests of drawers, for example -
and by building it as integrated modules.
in the cockPit
The cockpit layouts are excellent.
These boats are as easy to sail singlehanded as any other cruising multihull,
yet they also reward active participation
by the rest of the crew: three or four
keen sailors can have fun working the
boat without getting in each other's
way. Large rope bins next to the primary winches stop the cockpit sole
from turning into a snakes' wedding.
The huge convertible roof (also used
on Beneteau Sense monohulls) has a

transformative effect on the cockpit.
There's a great view of the sails from the
two helm stations even when it's shut,
but the open roof gives an equally clear
view for the rest of the crew.
on deck
Three wide, moulded steps take you up
onto the sidedecks. The titaniumcoated stanchions and mooring cleats
are a nice touch and all of the sailhandling hardware is high-quality kit.
There's no forward cockpit on either
model, which saves on weight, but
there's a large, cushioned sunpad on
the Excess 15's foredeck.

This is the comparable salon view
aboard the Excess 15 looking aft to the
galley and cockpit. The use of clear,
un-tinted glass makes the salon much
brighter.

Up at the bows there's an alloy crossbeam braced by a slender longeron that
serves as a conduit for the anchor chain,
leading forward from a windlass and
locker in the front of the bridgedeck to
a bow roller that can hold a wide range
of anchor types.
Both yachts have a long bowsprit for
crossover sails and gennakers, supported
by twin martingales anchored to the

The cabin shows the elegant modern finish and convenient touches like drawers
below the berths.

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Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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