Watching the Vendée Globe yachts sailing around the world, nobody would think about comfort and style. Yet the combination of an extremely fast boat with cruising comfort is highly demanded.
We at Knierim just launched a FC53 Fast Cruiser based on finot-conq's successful IMOCA Open 60 designs. The 53 footer looks more like a racer but in fact it is made for long range cruising by a double-handed crew.
"The customer asked for a fast cruiser, comfortable, safe and easy to maneuver by a crew of 2. Also it should be very stylish outside and inside”, says French designer Pascal Conq about the requirements of the German customer. Speed is mentioned first - intentionally. “The yacht will be made of carbon prepregs with a Nomex honeycomb core for deck and structural parts, and a Corecell foam core for the hull, using latest composite technologies”, explains Knierim CEO Steffen Müller. The extremely light weight boat will have a displacement of just 10.5 tons. As usual at Knierim all moulds are precisely manufactured in house by daughter company Knierim Tooling.
As speed is a major requirement, the FC53 Fast Cruiser by Knierim comes with a large sail area, 170 sqm upwind and twice as much downwind. The mast elevates 23.30 meters above waterline and is located far aft. Like on the IMOCA 60s the boom position is adjusted by a traveler at the stern with the main sheet controlled on an electrically driven central winch on starboard side. To further increase the performance of the boat 2 water ballast tanks with 1,000 liters capacity each will be installed.
The draft can be adjusted by a hydraulic cylinder, between 1.60 meters minimum for shallow marinas and 3.75 meters for maximum sailing performance. The keel box in the saloon is used as a seat.
The FC53 Fast Cruiser by Knierim is equipped for comfortable long range cruising with plenty of storage space, a dinghy garage, large volume fridges, a water maker, 750 liters fresh water and 700 liters fuel capacity, bow and stern thruster for easy maneuvering, just to name a few details. Attention will be given to the high end interior finish.
The FC53 Fast Cruiser by Knierim is a very interesting boat for all who want to combine speed and comfort and Knierim is prepared to build a small series of this beautiful design.