Design #328 - IMS 47
prove beneficial in windier conditions. All structural components including hull, deck, internal framing and rudder stock are constructed in carbon to gain the maximum advantage.
The deck layout and 4-spreader rig reflect our most current "full-race" concept with a complete emphasis on sail control and efficient boat handling for both inshore and offshore racing. Pedestal driven primary winches are required in this size yacht as the level of competition in a racing fleet of closely matched yachts places a premium on quick tacks and aggressive gybing to gain every advantage. Runner winches are forward of the helm to centralize the crew weight and allow the genoa trimmer to make quick adjustments in oscillating wind conditions. A large diameter steering wheel has become the preference in fleet racing allowing the helmsman freedom to easily get to leeward for the best possible view during the start and at mark roundings. An added benefit of wheel steering is that it's typically less physically taxing on the helmsman for long distance races. The mainsheet trimmer is positioned immediately aft of the helmsman with essential mainsail controls lead aft so they're always close at hand.
The interior arrangement complies with the 1994 Racing Division regulations. The galley, navigation station, head and stowage facilities are compact yet complete enough to provide the basic amenities required for extended ocean races.
The first yacht of this design is currently under construction at Malcolm Hart Marine, near Melbourne Australia. Her owner, Mr. Giorgio Gjergja, intends to campaign her in the major IMS regattas in the Southern Hemisphere with the hopes of being selected to compete as a member of an Australian Admiral's Cup team.