'SPIRIT OF SCOTT BADER'
'Scott Bader was designed to be a 'light air' sailing yacht and has an amazing performance easily reaching 3 to 4 knots in a force 2 breeze. Tacking and jibing are a delight in this 35 foot long 20 foot wide cruising yacht, I know many dinghies that are much more difficult to sail. Reefing in at force 3 seems a little strange at first but it is necessary to restrain this lively beast that always seems to be raring to go.
The overall design was undertaken by Alistair Wood of Solution Design Associates (SDA) and Phil Morrison and they produced a truly superb craft. The decision to create a new yacht offered SDA the opportunity to re-evaluate established thinking, resulting in a dramatic and practical new style of sailing catamaran.
The most revolutionary innovation is the adoption of the aft saloon and centre cockpit (which can be covered). This offers single level access between cockpit and saloon, while retaining unimpeded forward visibility from both the saloon and the wheelchair accessible helm.
Sailing is also simplified and made safer as all operations, including hoisting and reefing the mainsail can be carried out without leaving the cockpit. Additional shelter is provided by an all round windscreen, access is via the aft boarding ramps, which can, naturally, be deployed by a wheelchair user.
Side and fore decks are wide enough for a wheelchair, accessed via the spacious side deck steps. Thoughtful touches include wheelchair access to stowage of fenders and mooring warps in the transoms, raked helm to clear the knees of wheelchair users.
Designed from the outset to allow differently abled sailors to mix freely on an equal basis, the bridge-deck area has a completely flat floor throughout. Good all round visibility was a priority, allowing anyone to sit facing forward and watch the scenery and the activity in the cockpit from the warmth of the saloon. There is plenty of room at the table to allow everyone to gather round at meal times or to study charts.
There is stowage under the front of the berths and a hanging space to the side. A deck hatch has been sited low down at the end of the berth for ventilation and to allow swift escape in an emergency to a disabled person. Six foot head room is available throughout.
In the starboard hull the access arrangements and aft cabin are identical to the starboard side.
Forward in the hull is another double cabin with a good sized locker.
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