The Beneteau First 210: New York Sailing Center & Yacht Club’s training boat.

30 Мар 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »
Cranchi 21 Start boat

Above: blueprint of our Beneteau First 21.0 (top),

and a Mini Transat design (bottom).

Note the starboard (right) rudder.

Here’s a blueprint of our Beneteau First 21.0 . the 21-footer we use to teach you how to sail (Start Sailing course). It’s a performance cruiser-racer, and it’s an award winner, having sailed off with Cruising World’s Boat of the Year award in 1993 in the Pocket Cruiser category. Most other boats in sailing school service were already entering a mid-life crisis by then, or worse.*

Beneteau’s First Series is it’s performance line up, as opposed to more cruising oriented designs (such as the famous Oceanis Series). This gives the First 21.0 some serious performance pedigree.

The Beneteau 21.0 is an ingenious modern design. One unique trait is its dual rudders (steering fins) for extra control with less physical work. That makes learning to sail more efficient and enjoyable without sacrificing the feel that’s so critical to get from a training boat. Far from a gimmick, this system is used in the most serious ocean racing fleets: Vendee Globe (Around Alone) — the singlehanded race around the world with no stopovers and no outside assistance!

Velux 5 Oceans Very similar event that alternates with Vendee Globe.

Transat 650 . also called the Mini-Transat — 6.5 meter boats, or 21 feet — sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic. Very similar to our Beneteau 21! Also see the Unofficial Transat 650 site — the 3 pictures on top tell it all!

Volvo Ocean Race — the Volvo Open 70 class, where the fleet does a circumnavigation race with a team on each boat.

Class40 — 40 foot one design offshore racer/cruisers. Also see this private site maintained by an enthusiastic owner: Class 40 Racing (Use the links above to read about these boats, the races, and even see photos and video.) Twin rudders — best for you to learn on;

best for the world’s best to race across oceans with!

The dual rudder system makes learning so much more efficient. Why? Because it’s much more forgiving of errors, which you’ll make plenty of when you’re learning. The difference with our boat is that you’ll be able to figure out what your error is while still maintaining control of the boat. The boat will suggest what it wants to do, but won’t force you and go on its own. In the process, you learn more quickly, and with less confusion. You’ll develop better sailing skills, too.


What happens when you first get on a boat with a single rudder after our course?

You can sail it easily — better, in all probablity, than if you learned on it! It’s all about proper training, and a proper foundation. Once you achieve that, everything else is easy. Our program is all about giving you that foundation.

Cranchi 21 Start boat

As far as we know (and our heads aren’t buried in the sand), the Beneteau 21.0 is the only production sailboat with dual rudders, and we’re the only school that uses it for teaching. That would be a true exclusive — not a vague, unfounded marketing claim!

Want a free test ride with no obligation to see for yourself? Contact us!

-one of our Beneteau First 21.0’s with students and instructor. S. Card, photo.

Another advance is its cockpit seating area. It’s more spacious than most other school boats, and less cluttered than any other. Even the deck is easy to navigate. Yet the First 21.0 doesn’t sacrifice any of the gear you need to be prepared to sail other boats. Its layout is fairly similar to typical performance cruisers up to around 40 feet, making it easier for you to adapt when renting or chartering, or even crewing on races.

One reason the cockpit is so spacious is that there is no traveller cutting across the cockpit. (A traveller is a track that runs athwwartships, or side to side, to which the line controlling the mainsail is attached, or mainsheet.) Travellers make the constant moving around and position rotating you do (or not, depending on the program) at sailing school a pain — both literally and figuratively. Naval architects often face the quandary of where to put the traveller — in the cockpit where the mainsheet has better leverage, or up forward where it’s out of the way but results in inefficient mid-boom sheeting. If the traveller is not set up ideally, it’s a liability for students learning the basics.

The traveller is not on the American Sailing Association’s (ASA) list of sailboat equipment and controls whose functions a student must be able to describe. Our Beneteau 21 has all the ones that are on the list, and more: main jib sheets, winches, outhaul, cunningham, boom vang, adjustable fairleads, reef lines, rope clutches, and adjustable backstays.

Before we started using these boats for teaching, we saw the advantage of the extra space afforded by not having a traveller immediately, but we were mildly concerned that this would be an educational problem, as travellers are pretty standard despite not being on the ASA list. However, we quickly discovered that the opposite was true. The extra cockpit maneuverability far outweighs not having a traveller for easier fine tuning in some wind conditions, and students are better off getting their basic sail shape and trim down before worrying about the traveller. In fact, we found that having no traveller made students focus on more important devices that are needed more often, particularly the boom vang. So, we found it to be a large net improvement in sail training. Besides, we can explain how a traveller works to students in under a minute.

From a safety standpoint, the 21.0 is top tier. Lifelines, real seats, a self-bailing cockpit, positive floatation (lacking in most other school boats), and a stable design all contribute to her overall safety and comfort. Fittings are thoughtfully laid out to ensure safe movement around the deck. And that deck stays drier than any boat put into service at a sailing school, period. So, for that matter, does the cockpit!

Cranchi 21 Start boat
Cranchi 21 Start boat
Cranchi 21 Start boat
Cranchi 21 Start boat
Cranchi 21 Start boat
Cranchi 21 Start boat

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