Following the success of the '6000' Trailer Sailer designed in May 1977, Sea Nymph Boats of Auckland (now McDell Marine) commissioned us to design a very economical boat to suit smaller car requirements for towing.
The decision was to continue with the styling and appeal of the '6000' to produce a smaller version with a family association. Considerable thought was given to interior appointments and economy whilst retaining the essential features of the bigger boat.
The length of 5 metres gives a roomy cockpit and retains a spacious interior with the successful sloping aft end of the cabin developed on the '6000' repeated on this design. This feature will be even more valuable on the '5000' as it compliments both the day sailing and accommodation aspects of boat use, thus considerable comfort is retained on deck and below.
The internal arrangement is a simple settee right around the boat, giving sleeping for four, and including space for a head (toilet) forward. Optional features include a drop-in galley moulding complete with sink and stove shelf, and a 'pop top' cabin roof to give full headroom.
The deck layout includes a companionway hatch, anchor well and cockpit locker large enough to take an outboard motor fuel tank.
The hull form continues the theme of the larger boat, combining fine waterlines forward, with ample beam and wide stern to give an easily driven dry and stable boat. The swing keel is cast iron and lifting rudder is of fibreglass in an alloy stock.
The rig gives a mainsail large enough to drive the boat on its own, and the short footed headsail gives easy tacking and handling even for children. A small spinnaker can be added for more fun and few dollars.
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