Denman Marine has recently launched an exciting new addition to the sailing boat market in Australia - the BayCruiser 23 (BC23). The BC23 is a beautiful, classically styled cruiser but has performance and ease of use at the forefront of her design. Like many of the Swallow Boats, the BC23 has a centreboard and is water ballasted. She can carry 500 litres of water ballast in sub sole tanks in place of carrying around hundreds of kilos of lead when it is not needed. The water ballast can be taken on and also drained whilst underway - either manually or through an electric pumping system. With the ballast out she is still self righting from a 90 degree knockdown and with the ballast in she has an angle of vanishing stability of 130 degrees - not bad for a small cruiser.
Despite her classic looks, the BC23 is a real performer and has a sail area to displacement ratio of around 29.7 . The rig is simple and very easy to operate. The main mast and boom are carbon fibre and dyneema is used for the standing rigging which is much more user friendly than the old wire stays. The mast being carbon is very light and can be easily raised by one person. The mainsail is a roachy, fully battened sail with an optional boom bag with lazy jacks and the fractionally rigged headsail on furler completes the picture. For the racers an optional asymmetric spinnaker flown of a carbon bow pole is also an option.
With a towing weight on her custom trailer of just over 1300kg she is light enough for many family cars. Setup time is minimal compared to traditional trailer sailers and 2 people should be able to have the boat on the water in around 15 minutes.
Below deck the BC23 is very comfortable and has 2 large quarter berths and a large V berth for weekends away. A small galley area is also a feature and custom interiors can also be accommodated to suit clients needs.
Auxiliary power is from a 6hp 4 stroke outboard which pushes her along at 5.5kts at half throttle with plenty of range. The outboard is mounted in a well on centreline so that outboard thrust is directed over the rudder blade where it is most effective. The outboard can easily be tilted up underway leaving a clean under body and enhancing performance.
Andrew Denman, Director at Denman Marine advised the first vessel launched in Australia performed brilliantly and is now with her new owners in South Australia.
The BC23 is designed by the UK based Swallow Boats and proudly built under license here in Australia by Tasmanian based Denman Marine.
For further information on the BC23 including photos and sailing video visit www.denmanmarine.com.au
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