It all started with the idea of creating a sporty sailing boat, offering above-average qualities and yet still being very easy to handle. This is the precise concept on which Umberto Felci based his designs for Esse 850. The boat’s perfect functionality across a wide spectrum of wind and wave conditions has proved itself in many different waters, from Alpine lakes to the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines.
Winner of Sportboot Euro 2004, European boat of the year 2005, Sailing boat of the year in the overall category in the USA 2007, foundation of the International Esse 850 Class in 2007.
The hull and deck are built in north Italy out of epoxy and vinylester with a PVC sandwich core. Schuchter Sportboot AG on Lake Zurich makes the keel and rudder and also takes care of the fitting out and finishing. The keel is retracted by 50cm when on the trailer in order to reduce the overall towing height to 3.30 m. An optional lifting device can be purchased in order to reduce the depth of the keel to 1.55 m while in the water for harbour manoeuvres under motor. The weight of the empty boat is 1260 kg, 700kg of which is in keel ballast. The modern aluminium rig does not require runners and the gennaker pole is made of carbon.
Boat complete with rod rigging, sheets and halyards, lifting strap, Bartels under deck mounted jib roller reefing, Harken deck fittings, outboard motor bracket.