Trailerable classic cabin yacht, 5.85 m long
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|Hull length / waterline||5.85 / 5.25 m||Sail area||20.3 m²|
|Breadth / waterline||2.10 / 1.80 m||Outboard motor||6 hp|
|Draught||0.43 / 1.20 m||Design category / Crew||C4 / D5|
|Light weight||880 kg||Building time with kit||1100 hours|
Beniguet is either a pocket cruiser or a day boat. As a cruiser, she offers a cabin with two quarter-berths and a third one forward at child size. It is even possible to sleep three adults with a fore berth extension. As a day boat, she welcomes her crew is a two-meter long cockpit which offers exceptional comfort and let you wandering along the coast. A lowered space on both sides of the motor well allows stowing a bucket or your fishing equipment.
The cabin gives the possibility to take a meal or a cup of tea inside, to find a shelter if raining or some shade on a sunny day. Madam will find a chemical or marine toilet.
The steel centreboard rotates under the cockpit and does not obstruct the cabin. It gives Beniguet much higher performances than most of the small cruisers inspired by tradition. As usual, I gave a lot of importance to the pleasure of steering a good sail-boat.
The small keel, discontinued aft, makes the boat very easy to launch. It also protects the outboard motor installed in a well which is perfectly within reach of the helmsman, and placed in line with the rudder for easy manoeuvres. The purists will be able to dismount the motor under sail, by placing it either in a cockpit locker or simply place it transversally at the back. Nothing is omitted for a demanding sailor: anchor locker on the foredeck, stowage facilities, opening portlight on the coach-roof face etc…
Beniguet is clinker built in plywood-epoxy. A very modern solution which is also in the spirit of a pure classic boat. By limiting the number of varnished pieces or by replacing them with oiled teak, maintenance will be equivalent to that of a polyester hull. The cockpit is water-tight and self-draining. The ballast is approximately 170 kg, half of which is placed within the centreboard, and therefore quite low in navigation. All this makes Beniguet a very dependable boat.
I invite you to discover the blog of Chris Comerie, building a Beniguet. He started construction during the 2017 winter. He sent me the following comment: “May I take this opportunity of congratulating you on such a beautiful design, she is everything I wanted and hoped for. Your information and drawings are excellent, all uncertainties or potential enquiries can be answered by careful study, the detail and precision is superb.”
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