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Wylie 43

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California-based designer Tom Wylie is known for his long, slender sleds with freestanding masts, so the configuration of the new Wylie 43 should come as no surprise. It's billed as an "ultralight downwind flyer" and is aimed at the section of the market that's looking for performance in a more-affordable 43-foot package. The hull is made of a cored carbon-fiber laminate; the 4,800-pound keel draws 10 feet and has been engineered for easy removal for road transportation. The unstayed freestanding rig is also carbon fiber, and the boat's 20-foot carbon spinnaker pole will help carry all the asymmetric horsepower you'll need to scream downwind. There are accommodations for six along with a small galley and sizable nav station. Schooner Creek Boat Works, Portland, OR; tel. 503-735-0569, www.schoonercreek.com

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