Tags

, , , , , , , ,

It was a night just like any other night on the hook but this one was blowing up something fierce.  A long fetch with a stiff breeze picked up the chop turning a usually quiet anchorage into a roller coaster ride for many but Sookie rode it out like a duck.  By morning every boat around us had pulled anchor and left.  When it comes to yacht design there is a difference.

falmouth cutter

I feel fortunate to sail a boat designed by Lyle Hess but it was by no accident that she found her way into my life.  Twenty five years of sailing every boat under the sun has taught me many things about boats and boating and the number one is that size doesn’t matter.  I decided I wanted the best boat in the world, or at least the best one I could afford.  It turned out that the best I could afford was my little 22′ cutter and while I could easily have purchased an old 40′ er for the same price I was seeking quality not quantity.

Two long years of hard work rebuilding her and not enough days sailing was the price but worth every second of it.  When we set out it was a whole new learning curve sailing a 22′ boat with the rig for a 31′ boat.  Her massive sail area causes us to reef early or sail with her ports awash which is how we will have to sail till new reefing gear is installed. The plus side is we are rarely passed by any boat under sail.

Capsize ratio, the smaller the number the safer the boat.

Motion Comfort, the higher the number the more comfortable the boat is.

Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Shannon 28
 1.81
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Shannon 28
 28.99
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Yankee 30 MK III
 1.67
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Yankee 30 MK III
 31.01
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Pacific Seacraft 31
 1.77
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Pacific Seacraft 31
 30.35
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Valiant 32
 1.84
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Valiant 32
 28.36
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Hans Christian 33
 1.77
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Hans Christian 33
 35.43
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Island Packet 35
 1.85
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Island Packet 35
 30.28
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Hallberg-Rassy 36
 1.83
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
 33.59
Hallberg-Rassy 36
 29.49
Capsize Ratio Falmouth Cutter 22
  1.64
Cheoy Lee Offshore 38
 1.83
Motion Comfort Falmouth Cutter 22
  33.59
Cheoy Lee Offshore 38
 30.52

These numbers don’t tell the whole story but they do tell a very important one.  In addition to the Falmouth Cutters excellent design she also carries a full size galley with as much usable space as any listed above, 4 full size berths, standing headroom, very wide side decks, and an almost equal amount of storage of boats displacing twice here weight.  At sea she sails like a ship but when we are sculling around the harbor she feels more like a small dingy, always easy to fend off and most importantly her small size makes her very affordable once you bite the bullet and pay her purchase price.

If there has to be a down side it is that yes she is a small boat and small boats have their own set of challenges.  I’ve spent countless hours aboard in my thinking chair scotch in one hand and sketch pad in the other working on designs by lantern light to make this the best 22′ sailboat in the world.  Its a project that will never end but that’s yet another thing I love about boats, to me Sookie is the Mona Lisa of sailboats and worth the time and effort.

In the near future I hope to share many of Sookies sisters here.

“There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.” 

~John Ruskin

About these ads