Sailing Magazine: Sizzler, Daysailer

Sailing Magazine: Sizzler, Daysailer

Daysailers are popular today and if you live on a nice lake it makes sense to have a boat with the focus on daysailing comfort and not overnight accommodations. In this case the lake happens to be Lake Coeur d’Alene, so it made sense to build the boat in his own shop .I imagine trucking a boat this size to the lake would have been a problem. The boat was built by the Hagadone Marine Group and the Resort Boat Shop in wood/carbon composite with epoxy.This hull is narrow with an L/B of 4.29.

Once you get over 4.00 I consider the boat to be in the narrow category. I don’t have any hull lines but the renderings seem to show a boat with a firm turn to bilge and very flat sections at the open transom. All in all a pretty normal looking hull for a boat with a D/L of 113. There is some extended counter aft to help the hull in the light to moderate airs of the lake. The keel is retractable and in the up position draws 7 feet, 10 inches, and down draws 11 feet, 2 inches. The rudder is huge, about 60 percent of the keel fin area. I would have liked to have seen less freeboard on this design and maybe some spring to the sheer just for eye candy but that would have compromised headroom under that flush deck, and in the designer’s own notes he says, “We barely have headroom.”

There are accommodations in this daysailer. From the cockpit you can enter one of two companionways. One to port leads to the “cockpit bar unit,” complete with icebox and drink dispenser. If you take the starboard companionway you enter a small saloon-type area just to port of the lighting keel trunk with a galley to starboard. Forward of this there is a large head to port and a couple big hanging lockers, but that’s it for accommodations. There are no provisions for sleeping on board.

The rig is by Southern Spars and is all carbon with in-boom furling. The sprit is retractable. The SA/D is 29.44 and the working jib is almost full height but pulled aft off the stem by about 36 inches. The four sets of spreaders are swept to 27 degrees, as there is no standing backstay. No backstay means the designer is free to shape the main any way he likes and Mr. Castro has designed a fat-head mainsail.

Along with the twin companionways, the most interesting aspect of this flush-deck design is the skylight built around the mast partners. The structural design for this boat was all done by High Modulus and they have designed a three-armed brace system for the partners. Between each arm of the brace is a section of glass to let light into the interior. I wonder if that is nonskid glass? Sheeting for the mainsail and working jib is through hydraulic rams by Cariboni. With this system sail handling for the most part is all pushbutton control. There are primary winches just ahead of the twin wheels for genoa sheeting. The mainsheet is a single-part system and there is no mainsheet traveler. By the looks of that dramatic knee off the bottom of the boom I suspect the vang will do all the work holding the boom down. Long “couches” flank the cockpit with two dining tables on centerline. The cockpit is open to the transom and there is a retractable passerelle recessed into the cockpit sole aft for stern boarding.

I can’t imagine this big sloop going unnoticed on Lake Coeur d’Alene during the beer can races.

Published: Sailing Magazine, March 2009