Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Alacrity Mk2 Test Report in German Yacht Magazine

(Translation by Jens Kuhn)

Bilge keels have become more and more popular in the last few years, especially in smaller boats up to eight meters length. The disadvantage of not being able to sail as close to the wind is gladly accepted considering the increased stability. The bilge keels prevent extended rolling while sailing before the wind and increase the lateral resistance while reaching. Another big advantage is, of course, that a bilge keeler sits upright when grounded in tidal waters.

The Alacrity is one of those small bilge keelers. Because of the flat, rounded hull and the bilge keels with 110 kg leed ballast in each, she lies relatively steady in the water. Deck and hull being made of fiberglass, maintenance is easy. In the cabin are berths for two adults and two children. However, quite often a layout with three permanent berths is used. Storage is adequate for four. There is a pentry and a toilet can be fitted.
Below the waterline, the hull is made of six and above the waterline of four layers of fiberglass mat. Deck and cabin top are also made of four layers, with laminated oak bars in the cabin roof.
Stringers and floor boards are made of laminated oak, bulkheads, cabin interior and hatches of marine plywood. Rigging and deck fittings are of stainless steel.
Deck and cabin floor have antislip surface. The interior of the 3,10 x 2,05 cm cabin and the 1,65 x 205cm cockpit has been well used. The hull comes either in white, black, pale blue or red colors. A trailer is availabe.

Die Yacht 9/1963

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