Tripp 78

Bill Tripp has designed this lifting-keel sloop to be as comfortable racing in the North Atlantic as it is cruising in the Mediterranean. A deep-ballast package creates high stability under sail even as the lifting feature allows access to harbors and shallow anchorages. On deck, the foredeck is flush with a low house aft. There’s a guest cockpit with flush dodgers just behind the house and a working cockpit farther aft. Belowdecks, a full interior includes four guest cabins, three of them with ensuite heads, along with a spacious main saloon and a well-appointed galley. There’s also space forward for two permanent crew.

The yacht is being built at Nautor Swan’s Custom Division in Finland. The hull is constructed of advanced composites, prepreg carbon, and a Corecell core. A retractable bowsprit will handle Code Zero headsails as well as asymmetric spinnakers.

Tripp Design, 144 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854; tel. 203-838-2215;