BLACK VELVET was designed to provide a fast and weatherly cruiser along modern lines. With her long waterline, good stability and ample sail area she has proven to be an excellent performer in all weathers. Her .56 prismatic coefficient is ideal for high speeds in a good breeze and, along with this, she has a fine angle of entrance and a heavily developed bustle to reduce separation and resistance.
Construction is of strip planked mahogany on bulkhead framing with a laminated keel and may be Vectra covered if desired.
Decks and trunk are of marine plywood. This is a strong yet simple method of building and offers low maintenance along with durability. It is well within the ability of any small yard or a dedicated amateur builder.
Auxiliary power can be any small diesel in the 40-50 hp range and, with 90 gal. fuel capacity, BLACK VELVET will have extensive cruising range under power.
The arrangement provides good accommodations for up to 8 persons in 3 separate cabins, with generous stowage space throughout as is essential for cruising comfort. Two large toilet rooms and a spacious, workable galley are fitted as well as a large midship cockpit. The layout has proven to be perfect for extended voyages, or even for full time living aboard.
Sister ships have voyaged the world and have had some racing successes; first overall in a Hong Kong-Manila race, 1st overall in the '83 Swiftsure Race (PHRF) and 3rd in class in the '86 Swiftsure. Not bad for a seaworthy long range cruiser.
The yachtsman looking for a fast and comfortable cruising yacht in this size range will find that BLACK VELVET is well worth serious consideration.
Study plans contain sufficient drawings to price out materials or obtain a professional bid; the cost of study plans is credited if complete plans are later ordered. Complete plans include rights to build one boat, plus reasonable consultation during construction.