Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
48 | ocean PER RY 57 reliability and they are praised by a host of multi-hull cruising yachtsmen lucky enough to have sailed one at sea. And the latest big addition follows that pedigree of quality construction, specifications and fit out, combined with world class sea-keeping abilities. Every Perry hull is built to survey in the Gold Coast yard and fitted out to the most exacting standards with Harken 64.2 electric winches, Antal grips and Ronstan running gear and rigging. The sizeable rig, carrying a standard 104 square metre main from Quantum Sails with an in-boom reefing system, and 74 square metre Spectra genoa on a Profurl headsail furler, is custom designed for the 57 by David Lambourne Yacht Rigging. The 57 also carries an asymmetrical spinnaker of some 205 squares for real downwind sailing excitement. The traveller, on Ronstan cars, runs high along the 57's targa hardtop and is easily adjustable from either port or starboard helm position. Future 57's in production will also feature an electrically adjustable traveller, making short-handed sailing easier than ever. As it is, the boat is remarkably simple to set sail and de-rig, particularly for such a large vessel, displacing some 17 tonnes. And according to Bryan, the Perry 57 is still light for her size, a French built catamaran of comparable size weighing some five tonnes more. So, despite the displacement, the 57 is fast and efficient in light and strong airs. On board up the Broadwater, I watched her reach an efficient four knots boat speed from six knots of wind, and five knots from seven knots wind speed. As with all catamaran hull forms, her strong suit is downwind performance and the 57 has clocked 14 knots boat speed in 24 knots of Top: Acres of teak span the aft deck Above: The gallery to starboard displays fine workmanship and facilities Top right: Luxuriously appointed main saloon provides all the space and the comfort of a luxury apartment. Bottom Right: The generously proportioned island double berth in the owner's cabin.
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