It is true, the Sunbeam 32.1 is truly revolutionary


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Why should sailboats be more uncomfortable than motor boats? From this reasoning Andreas Schochl, the young boss of the Austrian shipyard Sunbeam, which has been producing 20- to 50-foot sailboats for 65 years, set to work. So a shipyard that had made tradition its strong point achieved a real revolution by creating the Sunbeam 32.1, 10 meters long but as big as a 12-meter. Revolutionary because it breaks all patterns.

The young Schochl gathered the best of the nautical world, Slovenian designer Jerney Jacopin (invented the Bavaria in the 1980s) and Austrian designer Gerard Kiska (designs KTM motorcycles). The result is truly revolutionary. If we talk about space, the Sunbeam 32.1 has two unprecedented solutions.

sunbeam 32.1The Sunbeam 32.1 revolution

There are more usable square meters in the bow for on-board comfort than in the cockpit. If we talk about the aft area, designer Kiska came up with a platform that sticks out of the deck that doubles the usable space. But that’s not all, to live better in the open air, as on a terrace, he devised a system of curtains that cover the entire aft surface, which also results in lower internal temperature due to the large shaded areas. And if we talk about the interior, the designer’s idea was to eliminate doors and dead corners to create a big, bright, loft.

The aesthetics of the boat are also outside the box. It resembles a futuristic car more than a traditional boat. Kind of like the New Zealand boat that just won the America’s Cup. For the hull, the guarantee is in Jacopin’s abilities. Double wheel and double rudder blade, with a choice of three types of drift blades: long, short or double bulb. With the latter option, the boat when pulled ashore supports itself without the need for invading.

An eco boat. For real

But the Sunbeam 32.1 is also something revolutionary from an ecological point of view. Built into the sliding access hatch below deck are solar panels that can recharge the batteries (lithium) in 5 to 7 days. The construction then partly uses linen fiber fabrics instead of the harmful fiberglass. The deck covering is made of a new material, Resystadeck, which looks like wood but instead is composed of rice husks, crystal salts, and mineral oils. The result: no trees are cut down. All fabrics (including the tent) are made from a minimum of 23 percent recycled yarn. To whom does this revolutionized boat of only 10 meters (33 feet) reviled? “To all young at heart, to couples, to families,” summarizes Andreas Schochl.

Find the Sunbeam 32.1 and contact the importer Race Nautica inside our digital boat show, in the shipyards section where you will find Sunbeam.



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