As seen on most of today’s high tech racing yachts, the keel on the 25 footer is a fixed T-keel configuration with a lead bulb. The builders and designers of the boat considered the various pros and cons of a lifting versus fixed keel configuration, eventually deciding in favor of a fixed keel to keep costs down and have a simple, maintenance free installation. The maximum draft is 1.8m, which does allow the boat to be trailered on its keel throughout Europe and the US. The keel is assembled into a trunk in the hull with a single M20 stainless steel bolt making keel assembly and disassembly extremely easy.
The carbon fiber fin is one of the major design features of this yacht. The fin spar is constructed in pre-preg carbon over a foam mandrel, giving incredible stiffness and strength in a very lightweight package. The complete keel fin assembly, including spar, blade and hull attachment fitting weighs a mere 18 kg’s. Such a light fin allows more weight to be packed into the bulb for a lower VCG and turbo’d performance. The fin planform is trapezoidal and utilizes one of FYD’s proprietary custom foil section designs for optimum performance in round the buoys racing. Given the propensity of T-keel configurations to snag kelp and weed, this keel fin also incorporates a kelp cutter installation.
The bulb shape takes advantage of the recent CFD research FYD has conducted on bulb shape optimization and features a moderate length to diameter ratio and a high squish ratio for optimum performance in round the buoys racing. The bulb shape also includes a chine, giving the bulb a low center of gravity and improved lift efficiency upwind and tight reaching.
The 25 footer has an all carbon rudder stock, and a female molded carbon/foam blade. The choice of carbon for the rudder stock gives superior strength and stiffness while minimizing weight in the ends of the boat. The blade shape is nearly elliptical and of a high aspect ratio for maximum lift efficiency and minimum drag. The foil section is one of FYD’s proprietary custom shapes, with excellent stall characteristics for maximum control in power reaching conditions.
Southern Spars keel-stepped carbon mast and box boom
Aft-swept single– carbon spreader simplifying tuning and mode changes