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This view of the salon shows the dinette and galley area.

The Excess 12 underway in a fresh breeze.

much noise and 8.1 knots flat out. The
Excess 15 cruised comfortably at 8.5
knots and made 10 knots at full throttle
with two 80hp engines. Dual throttle
controls and bow thrusters made both
yachts easy to maneuver in harbour.

The cabins are inviting and feature open storage and convenient seating areas.

convivial conversations. Dyneema steering cables deliver direct, positive feedback between the wheels and rudders.
Close-hauled, the Excess 12 made
5.3 knots over the ground in 13 knots
true and 6.4 knots when in 18 knots of
breeze. She would have been faster on
flat water and without a foul current. A
deliberately inept, hesitant tack revealed
her to be a well-mannered boat that
carries her way nicely. The Excess 15
made 7.1-8.6 knots close-hauled in similar conditions.
Reaching with a crossover sail, we
logged 7-9 knots on the Excess 12 and
9-11 knots on the Excess 15. The helm,
indeed whole boat, comes alive with an
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offwind sail deployed. The numbers
might be only a knot faster than a more
comfort-oriented cat, but the sailing
experience is noticeably different.
Bridgedeck clearance on both
models is generous, as it should be. I did
eventually get the Excess 15 to slam -
only slightly and rather unfairly - by
rounding up into a patch of overfalls. To
her credit she ploughed on with a few
slaps and judders. Others I've sailed
would have bucked and stalled.
under Power
Both test yachts had engine upgrades.
With twin 45hp Yanmars the Excess 12
made 7.5 knots at cruising revs without

living aboard
With clear windows rather than tinted
glass in the bridgedeck and lots of deck
hatches that serve as skylights, it's impressively bright and airy inside. Three
interior design themes cater for different
tastes and there are three layout options
for each yacht - you can have a hull to
yourself or take your whole extended
family cruising with up to six double
cabins on the Excess 15 or four doubles
on the 12. Despite being built to save
weight, the furniture has a solid, highquality feel. A well-equipped galley with
domestic-size appliances occupies one
corner of the stylish, spacious salon.
verdict
What difference does ten percent
make? Quite a lot - it's about sensations, not statistics. The Excess 12 and
15 reward and encourage good sail trim,
they're fun to steer and can keep an
experienced crew engaged. That said,
they're quite easy to sail and not twitchy,
challenging or extreme. For any cruising
yacht there's a fine balance to be struck
between exhilaration and relaxation -
and Excess seems to have nailed it. *
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting February 2020

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
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: NC 895 Sport
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Book Review: Ready to Come About
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