Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mini Transat


The Mini Transat is an original boat built in 1999 and designed by Mark Mills. This exact boat has competed in many classe mini competitions as well as the royal southern double handed series. She also came first in the mini classe 2005 UK series. It is built using a carbon fibre foam sandwich for the hull, a canting fin and bulb keel, asymmetric daggerboards and finally twin rudders.

This Mini Transat is the perfect boat to start racing and competing in high speed races and the boat’s price is very attractive for a new comer. This tiny yacht has such an amazing build it can travel across waters with speeds of up to 22 knots allowing it to cross the English Channel in less than 5 hours.

Small yachts like this don’t actually have a great amount of living and sleeping area’s as they are designed purely for racing but this Mini Transat is one of the only yachts of its type to have a pipe cot and chart table, giving it an edge on luxury compared to other similar boats.

As this boat has been designed to compete in races the navigational aid is a great help to the boat. With Raymarine autopilot, wind speed/direction and speed/depth readers the pilot will know exactly what they are up against when away from home. It also has GPS system and compass to help with directions when miles away from anywhere.

To make sure this boat moves with speed there are 2 Water ballast tanks in aft sections which give the boat a boost when there is a lack of wind around and when windy conditions occur there are six sails that complete the job perfectly. These are the main sail, a fractional spinnaker, a mast head spinnaker, a jib, a code zero, a tri sail and finally a storm jib, allowing progression through all different conditions. All of these are supported by an Aluminum mast, a 3.5m carbon bow sprit and carbon boom.

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