This new semicustom design by Bill Tripp promises to be a cruiser with exceptional performance characteristics. Designed for fast extended cruising in open water, the yacht contains all the best features that Tripp has developed over the years on his larger designs.
Tripp has given the hull a very long waterline, and the structure is cold-molded using Hodgdon's proprietary lamination process. This takes the molded structure, planks it with a layer of wood, and then fuses a cored carbon laminate to that internal structure. The result is a yacht that will have both an elegant wood interior and a strong, lightweight hull.
A raised saloon with full visibility through its windows provides the yacht's interior focal point. The house extends forward to include the galley, which is forward of the main saloon. The large owner's stateroom, with head and shower, is just forward of the galley, and there are two staterooms aft.
A lifting keel will reduce the maximum sailing draft of just over 12 feet to less than 8 feet. Cruising amenities include a good-size sailplan, electric Lewmar winches, dual steering stations, a 160-horsepower turbodiesel, and a bow thruster.
Hodgdon Yachts Box 505, East Boothbay, Maine 04544; Tel. 207-633-4194; www.hodgdonyachts.com