Tripp Design #197 – 105’ Café Racer
This 105-footer is geared for immediacy – in both sailing and in general use. Its design allows for impromptu jaunts from the dock for a quick sunset sail, just as one might use a smaller boat. It is fast in light air yet stiff in a Mistral, fun to sail during the occasional race, and great for a large family to cruise for a month with accommodations for extended family, and an open deck plan for enjoying onboard living. Speed and handling are fundamental to the design and are balanced with volume below and deck area above.
Simplicity and speed go hand in hand so the on-board and deck systems have been kept simple and straightforward. On deck, the styling is clean and resolutely modern with a low profile house accentuated by clear-coated carbon coamings. The flush deck has a huge central cockpit that provides a great space for guests and family whether sailing or relaxing, and the aft cockpit provides an ergonomic platform for racing maneuvers.
The interior layout is configured with the crew aft, and the guest areas forward. There are five guest cabins — four queen size berths and one two-bunk cabin, each en-suite. The common space is arranged with a salon, a dining room, and a bar. The crew quarters are aft of the galley for privacy from the main area of the boat, with a crew dining area, a navigation station, and two en-suite double cabins.
Technology drives this design, allowing for a tour de force interior in a boat that is very fast and fun to sail. The hull form, developed using our hydrodynamic design programs, has a fine-forward and wide-aft form. This, combined with the water ballast, and a deep lifting keel will ensure sparkling performance whether from a dying sea breeze or a good stiff Mistral. The large sail plan is about simply executed performance, and is a direct development from one of our smaller designs, complete with a fixed bowsprit for easy downwind sailing and maneuvers.
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