This yacht was built for Jim Stephen, an avid one-design sailor who wanted good speed under sail, plus plenty of legroom for his family when they are cruising. The result is this moderate-displacement centerboard sloop designed by naval architect Dieter Empacher and built in aluminum at Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas, Ontario. The raised deckhouse and large windows create a spacious and well-lit interior, and there are two commodious cabins, one forward and one aft, along with a pilotberth in the main cabin. A large galley is situated to starboard at the foot of the companionway, with an outboard-facing nav station located immediately in front of it. Directly across to port is a large dining area and a U-shaped settee. The carbon rig is reasonably tall for good performance in a range of conditions, and Empacher has put some 800 pounds of lead ballast on the centerboard in addition to the 12,500 pounds in the yacht’s keel.
Dieter Empacher Designs, 75 Evans Road, Marblehead, MA 01945; tel. 781-631-5705