The 14.8m Performance Cruising Yacht is a centre cockpit stock design. The first yacht was built by an experienced yachting couple from Queensland who required a long distance cruising yacht with comfortable accommodation and good sailing performance.
The construction drawings are for a Cedar strip hull and an FRP / foam sandwich deck. For added safety the design incorporates a collision bulkhead and two watertight bulkheads. The hull and deck laminates are a combination of triaxial, biaxial and double bias materials. The hull is also suitable for FRP / foam sandwich construction.
The yacht has an easily driven hull with moderate beam and displacement, long waterline and veed sections which ensures very good sailing performance and directional stability. The yacht has a 2.15m draft fin keel and a rudder and skeg. The long waterline gives a theoretical hull speed of 9 knots which can be attained with a 70 H.P. engine.
The 14.8m has good volume and the carrying capacity required for a serious cruising yacht. Starting aft on deck there is a stepped boarding platform and a large lazarette for some of the"bits and pieces" including fenders, outboard, liferaft and gas bottle lockers.
The 2m centre cockpit has a fixed cuddy cabin with sitting headroom. The cuddy is relatively low to give visibility when standing or seated at the wheel. It can be replaced with a folding dodger if preferred. Forward there is a sail locker, for handling reaching and running sails, and an anchor winch and anchor locker.
The anchor is stowed on the short bow sprit. When sailing the spare anchors and most of the chain will be stowed further aft. The house features numerous opening ports and hatches for ventilation.
The deck edge has a bulwark and rubbing strake instead of an aluminium toerail.
The aft cabin has a double berth, large amounts of locker space, an aft head, separate shower stall and a comfortable headroom of 1.9m - 6'3". An aft companionway is an option for cockpit access. Starboard of the cockpit is a workshop with bench, stowage and engine room access. To port is the galley with bench, freezer and stowage along the length of the passage. Headroom in the passage and workshop is 1.85m - 6'0". The saloon has a large dinette and settee and lockers outboard. The headroom forward of the cockpit is 1.95m - 6'5". Forward of the saloon is a watertight bulkhead with access to the forward head and shower and double cabin. Tank capacity includes up to 600 litres of fuel and 900 litres of water. Sullage tanks are also included.
The rig is a simple double spreader, masthead sloop / cutter. The headsail shown has roller reefing and the staysail doubles as the storm jib. The mainsail has full length battens and lazy jacks for easy reefing and stowing. Alternatively, in-boom reefing such as the Leisure Furl Boom can be used. Halyards and control lines can be located at the mast or lead aft to the cockpit.