Design Challenge III Winners


Winners of Professional BoatBuilder’s “Design Challenge III: A Fast Expedition Sailboat” are featured in the Design Brief in No. 133, the IBEX issue of the magazine, scheduled for print and distribution in mid-September. Selected by a panel of judges that comprised editors from Professional BoatBuilder and WoodenBoat magazines and a collection of experienced boat designers, builders, and sailors, the winners in three materials categories spanned a range of styles and approaches.

The wood category was won by John Marples, an accomplished multihull designer from Sonoma, California. The Marples 27′ (8.2m) DC-3 trimaran is to be constructed with the Constant Camber wood/epoxy building technique, and features a practical short rig and split-cabin layout.

The composites winner was Celeste Neo, designed by Gabriel Heyman of Heyman Yacht Design in Göteborg, Sweden. This graceful 30′3″ (9.25m) model is a very different approach to the design brief, relying on a deep drop keel with a ballast bulb for stability.

C24, the metal winner, came from the design team of Jannis Xanthakis and Giuseppe Fanello, of Venice, Italy. Their 24′ (7.3m) aluminum hull with leeboards and a lug rig quoted extensively from small craft indigenous to the Venetian Lagoon and the Northern Adriatic Sea.

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