Carbon fibre sandwich Cat A (Ocean) Certified 25 knot speed machine is only in her second ownership with an extensive sail wardrobe from 2012/2016/2018, and optional carbon steering wheel, B & G electronics & bowsprit flown asymmetric.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
From the legendary Reichel Pugh Yacht Designers, the Romanian flagged AFRICANA offers a fantastic opportunity for some exciting racing, with both IRC and ORC certifications. She is fully optimised for racing with a carbon fibre hull, deck and matching superstructure plus her Southern Spars carbon mast, boom and fixed bowsprit all add to her high-performance potential. Having a T-shaped fin keel with a lead bulb and carbon rudder further add to her potential. AFRICANA also benefits from having rod rigging and replaced Dyneema running rigging. Her extensive performance orientated sail wardrobe (mostly by North Sails but with some from Quantum Sails and Ullman Sails) includes many from 2018 whilst others are from 2016 or 2012 with the total wardrobe comprising sixteen sails. She has had had many other recent updates making her the perfect turn-key race boat.
“I am the second owner and having imported her from Cape Town, South Africa in 2018, I have the necessary CE Certification and VAT paperwork. She has been professionally maintained and made a lot of upgrades. Lat year she was re-anti-fouled, the enginewsa serviced and new running rigging added. Since then I have participated to 3 regattas (twice to the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Aegean Rally). I have always berthed her in Athens and she has all documentation ready VAT paid.
We competed in and came second in the Aegean Rally during July 2018 and came 37th in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October 2018 and 24th on ORC and 37th in IRC, Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019 and 10th on ORTC and 21st on IRC. I have not had time to enter any other races and have now decided that I wish to do more single-handed racing and which is why I am looking for a different boat.”
Her specification highlights include:
“Also known as the carbon beast!
Amongst the first production yachts of its kind, the X-Treme 37 is an extraordinary performer designed by the award-winning Yacht Designers Reichel/Pugh and built using technology previously only used for one-off custom yachts.
This ground-breaking methodology results in a powerful, super-fast, one design race yacht, with uncompromising up and downwind capabilities.
The yacht is designed for maximum thrills and excitement while remaining simple to sail, in both inshore and ocean racing events.
Full carbon, including interior and spars, the X-Treme 37 is at the cutting edge of performance racing!”
“I think I’ll just quote from the Reichel-Pugh press release here: “A high-performance design for inshore and offshore racing. The briefing to the Reichel-Pugh team was to develop a flat-out racer that delivers the thrill of a high-performance design as well as the ability to capture podium positions.”
When I called Reichel-Pugh, I was looking for something a little more specific than that. But I take it that this is a very fast boat that you can race any way you like. There is no mention in the press release of a one-design organization to support this design. The build is by G-Force Yachts in the Netherlands. From my perspective looking at this new design and the Beneteau, we seem to be in an arms race to see who can produce the most high-powered and thrilling ride. Like the name of this boat, X-Treme, these boats are aimed at the extreme end of the sport.
The D/L of this sport boat is 59.63 and that is very light. The L/B is 2.9 and that’s pretty wide. There is a tad bit of overhang aft but I used LOA for my D/L. The sheerline is reversed, meaning it bumps up in the middle but just a bit. I don’t see anything on either the drawings or the renderings to indicate a chine. While the stern is very broad, in order to get crew weight outboard, only one rudder is used but it is very deep and dagger-like and tucked well under the hull. I would sure like to know the reasoning behind that decision rather than using twin rudders. The draft is 8 feet with a T-configured bulb. What I find most interesting about this design is that it goes against the trends of twin rudders and chines.
The interior layout is very basic. There is an exposed head forward across from what looks to be a micro galley. There are port and starboard settee berths aft. That’s it. The engine box is right in the middle of the main cabin area. But as with any extreme type concept, this boat is not designed to be cruised or even slept aboard.
This is a big rig with a SA/D of 37.4, just a bit higher than that of the Beneteau. The spreaders are swept 20 degrees. The mainsheet leads to the cockpit sole just forward of the tiller. The deck is extremely clean and low windage oriented. Short transverse jib tracks allow for very close sheeting angles.
Of course, the biggest difference between the Reichel-Pugh sportboat and the new Beneteau is that the Beneteau has foils. These boats are within three feet of each other in LOA. I think it would be fun to see a race between the two new boats. I’d really like to see the speed difference with the foil on the Beneteau up and down versus the Reichel-Pugh design.”
Article taken from Sailing Magazine review by Robert H Perry 1st March 2017
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