Vasara was built by McConaghy Boats at our shipyard near Sydney, Australia, with naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh and an interior by Design Unlimited.
The owner’s brief was for a yacht capable of safely cruising with family in and around the San Francisco Bay, yet one that was able to race competitively in inshore and offshore races along the US west coast.
Vasara has been designed and built to ISO Ocean Category A and the offshore Category 1 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations. Reichel/Pugh teamed with Pure Design and Engineering to develop the structural engineering for the design. The design includes many aspects that allow the yacht to effortlessly convert between a comfortable family cruiser to an elite racer. The backstay is a single fixed backstay for cruising, and this can be modified to a split topmast backstay to fit a square-top mainsail for racing. The anchor arm and chain box can also be removed for racing. A dodger can be added for cruising to give protection from the elements, and a bimini awning system provides shade at anchor.
Vasara has a lifting keel with draft up of 2.4m to permit access the owner’s harbour and draft down of 4.1m to give exceptional stability under sail.
The exterior design features a low freeboard and coachroof, while achieving comfortable headroom throughout the interior. Aft coamings create a safe and comfortable cockpit, with sail handling controls hidden below decks and in lockers for a clean and safe working deck.
Adhering to carefully calculated weight requirements was key. This carbon yacht was built for performance and McConaghy’s experience in this field was essential to the successful outcome.