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Design 067
30' Cruising Cutter

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LOA 9.070 m 29.75 ft
LWL 7.100 m 23.29 ft
Beam 2.985 m 9.79 ft
Draught, board up 0.915 m 3.00 ft
Draught, board down 2.000 m 6.56 ft
Displacement on dwl 4.250 t 4.17 tons
Ballast 1.780 t 1.74 tons
Main area 23.151 sq m 249.20 sq ft
100% foretriangle 19.840 sq m 213.56 sq ft
Staysail 9.510 sq m 102.37 sq ft
Genoa 26.661 sq m 286.98 sq ft
Headroom 1.900 m 6' 3"
Engine 15-26 kw 20-35 bhp
EU Category B - Offshore
Design 067 is a substantial robust, fast, modern world cruising yacht. Construction throughout is strong and tough, while being reasonably lightweight and emminently practical. A seriously attractive sailing yacht for the serious cruising owner and family.

Built in cold-moulded wood epoxy on laminated frames, construction of this design is practical and straightforward. The plans include an alternative ply epoxy lapstrake hull skin. About 130 plans and 7 books of instructions make up the portfolio for this design. The plans contain all the information necessary to build and complete the boat, make all the components (like bow and stern pulpit, stanchion bases etc.), furniture units and parts, together with the necessary systems (wire-by-wire electrical system, pipe-by-pipe plumbing system etc.), equipment and fittings. The instructions lead you through the build step by step and also deal with launching, rigging and sail trials.

The standard keel is a fairly deep (draught = 1400mm) cast iron fin. This gives excellent performance and stability. It is strong and easy to engineer.

An alternative keel arrangement is a long shallow (draught = 900mm) cast iron keel with a centreboard. The keel swells at the bottom to keep the centre of gravity low. The centrecase is wholly contained below the cabin sole. And one of these boats, 065/06 pictured below, has been built with the shallow centre keel/centreboard + bilge keels.

The accommodation comprises a good V-berth fo'c'sle, which can convert to a double with an infil piece. There are excellent lockers beneath the bunks and a hanging locker. Outside the fo'c'sle there is a second large hanging locker opposite the WC compartment, which has a toilet, washbasin and shower. There is an extensive L-shaped galley to port and a comfortable L-shaped settee to startboard. The aft-facing chart table uses the aft end of the settee berth as a seat. Aft to port there is a good-sized double berth, partly tucked under the cockpit, but enough out in the open to not be claustrophobic. There are excellent lockers throughout.

The easily controlled cutter rig, large deep cockpit, powerful hull form, excellent stability characteristics, plenty of tankage and a good live-aboard accommodation, make this an exceptionally robust small cruising yacht capable of fast and comfortable passage making.

067 Here is 067/06 at Levington, Suffolk, England. As you can see, she is a lapstrake version hull skin. She is complete, ready to have her keel and bilge keels bolted on. Then it is time to launch, step the mast and set up the rigging, before commencing sea trails both under power and sail.

Personally, for a cruising boat I rather prefer the deep-keel version. Draught is only 1400mm (about 55"), which is fine for most cruising waters, if a little problematical at times for the French canals to the Mediterranean. I have built many, many centreboard boats up to 60' or so – and they perform really well. And there are obvious advantages with a shallow draught. And we can get good stability with a low centre-of-gravity keel profile like this one. But we do suffer increased drag and resistance over the straightforward fin.

Another downside is that a centreboard is more complicated structurally. It tends to make clonking noises at some points of sailing. It can get jammed with stones and mud if you sit aground and then it is a real pain. So, for myself, I like a good solid fixed keel and just not go places where there isn't sufficient water! Specially at this size, which is beyond being a trailer-sailer, where there are good solid reasons for a centreboard design.

Of course, designers don't design exactly to suit their personal preferences. My job is to make the design work for the owner, make it structurally and ergonomically sound, practical, safe and seaworthy, and aesthetically pleasing. I think Design 067 fits this bill nicely, just as she is ... though I have to admit to reservations about the bilge keels in terms of performance – it's a lot of extra unnecessary surface area to drag around. But parked nice and upright on a beach in Brittany, drinking a Kir Royale in the evening sun could calm my concerns!

The detailed and accurate plans together with true step-by-step building instructions carry builders, professional and non-professional alike, through the building process simply and easily. And for larger boats particularly, they allow a managed build to be carried out very successfully. Plans are fully dimensioned; no scaling or lofting is required. The plans and instructions are practical, clear and detailed, containing everything required to build and complete the vessel. Where CNC cutting files are included, or available, they can be sent directly to a CNC facility as required. Professional technical support throughout the build, is available by email, via the forum or by regular mail. More plan info

Click here to look at the free study plans, sample instructions and specification for this design, plus a full list of the plans and instructions that come with the design package.