TRENDS How to lighten your boat without distorting it

Less weight, more safety:how to lighten your boat without distorting it with sandwich and composite panels (pictured is the lightness of the new ClubSwan 80, which is for illustrative purposes only, ed.)

Moitessier, in his famous book “The Long Course,” mentions more than once the importance of good boat preparation and not loading up with unnecessary weights, especially when facing long sailings and encountering challenging conditions. Not everyone will experience such challenging sailings, however Lighten the boat and lower its center of gravity allows not only sailors and racers to have better performance, but also generally allows all sailing enthusiasts to preserve the structures and equipment of the same, as well as ensure safer sailing.

A lightened boat makes it possible to maintain the same speed with less sail area; this means sailing by limiting loads on the boat’s structures and equipment while significantly reducing loads in maneuvering and wear and tear. This allows its appendages, rigging, blocks, halyards and sheets to be preserved, containing not only costs but also waste. As Moitessier himself often reminds us, in challenging conditions, a more agile and lighter boat allows the boat to better handle the rough seas, reducing the likelihood of experiencing waves and breakers.

Lightness is therefore a factor not to be underestimated, since it might happen, during a transfer or sailing, to encounter a lump or to have to handle situations for which a more maneuverable and streamlined boat would make it easier.

To lighten one’s boat, without having to make major upheavals, just be a little more careful in the choice of material for halyards and sheets, thus reducing their diameters, and make modernizations to the dunnage, as well as doors and furnishings.


It is precisely in this field that sandwich and composite materials (such as those developed by Cel Components) make it possible to save kilos considerably, in fact there are combinations for all kinds of needs on the market: they range from inexpensive honeycomb structures, such as theAlustep 300 or Polistep 300, to more premium systems such as Carbonstep, with a nomex core, to foam panels such as PVCstep or PETstep, an environmentally friendly core material, the latter being made from recycled plastic. With these measures, all navigation will benefit and the boat will be grateful.


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