TEST Azuree 41, the Turkish woman who… speaks Italian

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Azuree 41
I was presented with the opportunity to board the new Azuree 41 from the Turkish shipyard Sirena Marine for a transfer from Genoa to Varazze (SV), and I jumped at the chance: 16 miles to test Rob Humphreys’ cruiser (the interiors are “made in Italy,” born from the pencil of Tommaso Spadolini) built in the footsteps of its 46-foot big brother.

Detail of the attachment of the shrouds and the gunwale
Detail of the attachment of the shrouds and the gunwale

HULL AND COVER
Laminating of the hull composite was done in a female mold using the vacuum infusion process with vinylester resin, PVC foams, and e-glass type carbon and vtr fibers. The structural spider is made of composite, structurally bonded and laminated to the hull; the structural bulkheads, also made of composite, were structurally bonded to the hull and deck, then laminated with biaxial fiberglass fabrics. The Turks are good at it! I climb aboard taking advantage of the fold-down aft swim platform (optional), after taking a look at the transom, which is very wide by virtue of the design with the maximum beam point (3.94 meters) set very far back and featuring the classic “edge” that is one of Humphreys’ hallmarks. The dual wheelhouse, from which I can easily interact with the Raymarine instrumentation (3,900 euros in the “basic navigation” package) installed on a pod, allows easy passage through the cockpit. The latter includes the options of a removable table, the two benches with aft lockers and teak seating, and mainsail luff (in the standard version the mainsheet point is fixed). Speaking of lockers, there are plenty of them, and storage space, both on deck and below, is one of the boat’s strengths.

The halyard locker at the stern of the guillotine.
The halyard locker at the stern of the guillotine.

I’m also struck by the good idea of the locker under the entrance guillotine, which can be exploited to put halyards there Once in the clear. Continuing toward the bow, the deck is clear of the rigging, which runs under the removable shrouds, the side walks are sufficiently wide (except for the point where the German-style mainsail sheet system slips under the deck), and I am impressed by the large forward calavel, which is really wide for a 12-meter boat (figure that it also houses a removable swim ladder that can be attached to the aft swim platform: a good choice if you want to save space, but not very practical when cruising). An ideal solution for those who race or want to make long sailings, but perhaps sacrifices some space below deck for the owner’s cabin. At the bow of the calavele is the anchor chain locker and a dolphin locker that doubles as an attachment for the whippers.

Sail plan
Sail plan

SAIL PLAN AND KEEL
The sail plan calls for a 55.80 sq. ft. mainsail (the one we fitted was a full batten in dacrone spectra from North Sails) with lazy jack and lazy bag mounted on the 20.94-m tree and a low-overlapping jib of 44.20 sq. m., for a total round robin of 100 sq. m. The gennaker (which we did not test) measures 160 sq. m. The keel, “T”-shaped, with a steel blade and lead and antimony bulb, has a draft of 2.40 m (optional 2.20) and is installed in the corresponding recess of the hull so that it is perfectly aligned on the bottom profile of the hull.

VIDEO – A little trip below deck…

2016_06_22_Sirena_Marine_MS-9218UNDERCOVERY
Before going out to sea, since the wind is lacking, I take a tour below deck: the saloon is quite bright thanks to the light oak windows and interior (standard: you can have them in dark oak, teak and walnut). On my left is the compact chart table, the seat of which is nothing more than the aft-most portion of the “C”-shaped sofa surrounding the dining table and which is easily moved (by attaching it to ad hoc holes provided in the dunnage). To my starboard instead is the second bathroom with shower (optional, the standard version includes a large closet) and, further forward, the longitudinal galley. In the stern are two twin cabins, and in the bow is the owner’s cabin with bathroom and traditional French double bed on the port broadside (there is also a version with a “V” bed): the latter, as I could already guess from my deck survey, is slightly sacrificed in terms of space given the enormity of the calavel. Lots of options the shipyard offers the owner, however, such as a dinette table that can be converted to a bunk, anti-roll sheet in the master cabin, webasto heating, and so on.

2016_06_23_Sirena_Marine_MS-9671IN NAVIGATION: MOTOR…
We leave the port of Genoa and there is not even a shadow of Aeolus. Still, it is a good opportunity to try out the Azuree 41’s powered navigation. The boat mounts, in the standard version, a 39-horsepower Yanmar with Saildrive SD60, which, let me tell you, is really a blast. It may be that we have no wind against us, it may be that the sea is flat, but At 1,800 rpm we are already at 5.9-6 knots! Pushing it to 2,300, we reach 7.5. I take advantage of the passage of a speedboat to slip my bow into the waves in its wake: the boat does not “take the blow” and maintains a good speed, the little water that splashes into the bow in less than ten seconds has already exited the stern after running quickly along the raised flap.

VIDEO – In sailing…

Azuree 41
Azuree 41


… AND SAILING

Disconsolate from the becalmed weather I’m coming toward Varazze when a bit of a sizzle finally rises: with 3-4 knots of apparent wind upwind at 30° we reach 3 knots. Performance drops slightly as the wind increases, with 10 knots of apparent at 30° we can hardly exceed 6 knots: But it is a load distribution problem. The boat, fresh from the Boat Show, has a dirty hull and has 500 kilos of cargo in the bow (stuff left by the owner) and is also full in the stern: this explains the slight pitching and the lack of that “sprint” that characterizes the boat, assured to me by Alfred Lucci, who accompanies me (“We should tie at least one more knot“) and from the polar diagram. At the grand slack things are definitely better, with white sails we touch 4.1 knots with 4 knots of apparent wind behind us: ease of steering is excellent, the rudders (the blades were also designed by Humphreys) are responsive, and it is easy for those at the helm to intervene on mainsail adjustment while seated thanks to winches located near the wheelhouse.

Eugene Ruocco


THE NUMBERS OF THE AZUREE 41

Overall length 12.50 m
Length at waterline 11.58 m
Maximum beam 3.94 m
Standard draft 2.40 m
Empty displacement (approx) 8374 kg
Ballast (approx) 3145 kg
Yanmar 39 hp – Saildrive SD60 39 hp
Motor power 29 kW
Diesel capacity (approx) 150 lt
Water Capacity (approx) 300 lt
Black water capacity 63 lt
Standard Cabins/Bathrooms 3 / 1
Bathrooms / Separate shower 1 +1 (opt)
Sleeps 6
Height in dinette (approx) 1.92 m
Sail area (approx) 100 sqm
Tree height 20.94 m
Designer (naval architecture) Rob Huphreys
Interior Design Tommaso Spadolini
Price 202,000 euros + VAT ex site
CONTACTS: http://www.sirnew.com/

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