Pantanal 25, a trailerable sail boat for amateur construction

Since we designed the Samoa 28, our state of the art boat for amateur construction, we were determined to produce the plans for a trailerable sail boat that could be trailed by a mid-sized car. The great advantage of this type of boat is the possibility of storing it at home, this way dispensing expensive marina fees. Besides, a boat like this can be launched in any locality where there is a boat ramp, which increases remarkably its usage scope.

Considering the profile of the people who consulted us about the availability of trailerable sailboat stock plans, we arrived at the conclusion that most potential owners of a boat of this category are sailors with a small family, probably accustomed to high speed one-design sailing, who are looking for a camping boat of outstanding performance under sail which at the same time is capable of taking their families out for a coastal cruise in safety and comfort.

To make the boat the most attractive possible, we provided an interior arrangement with a cozy and functional layout. A double berth at the forward compartment joins with two settee berths in the saloon, omitting any partition that could jeopardize the feeling of amplitude inside the cabin. Abaft the two settees a heads compartment with door and a compact galley complete the saloon arrangement. A second double berth placed under the cockpit area provide full usage of space in the whole interior To prevent divorce claims, contrary to the majority of boats of this type, we assured a 1.70m (5'7") headroom in the main saloon, an acceptable figure regarding elbow room, if you have to stay aboard for a prolonged time. As the most requested area of the boat is the cockpit, we made it the longest possible, for that matter designing a practically vertical transom. We reserved the area under the cockpit seats abaft the double berth for storage of boat gear and other equipments. The Pantanal 25 is provided with a bulbous drop-keel, together with a pivoting mast, to simplify launching without neglecting stability

A boat to be stored in the home garden should be able to be constructed in its garage. Having in mind this possibility, the plans for the Pantanal 25 were defined to be built by the amateur, dispensing expensive moulds or special skills to accomplish this goal. The building method employed is the so called sandwich of strip-planking, using PVC foam or light wood strips as core material. The whole boat weighing only 1 000kg, including fin-keel, the Pantanal 25 is still sufficiently light to be trailed by a medium-sized car, an important factor to be considered.

But the main factor to be considered about the Pantanal 25 is its sailing ability. With a large roach full-batten mainsail and a good sized asymmetrical spinnaker hoisted from a carbon fibre bowsprit, our new design is capable of exhilarating performance.

To know more about our stock plans for amateur construction visit our site: www.yachtdesign.com.br
Roberto Barros
Rio de Janeiro, June 2006
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