A racy, luxurious day sailer on steroids
IJMUIDEN _ When you buy an 10m sail boat you expect a good size cabin, no? Oh, absolutely! Unless, of course, it is a Saffier. The Dutch yard has been making award-winning day sailers for years in steadily growing hull lengths. At the 2013 Boat Dusseldorf show, it presented its latest, most ambitious model: a 33ft (!) day sailer with a fast underwater hull, a T-keel and a fixed bowsprit for a code zero foresail. The spacious, cockpit holds no fewer than 10 people.
“The market tells us there is a growing demand for day sailers,” says Dennis Hennevanger of Saffier Maritiem B.V. “People are too busy nowadays. They don’t always have time to spend 3 weeks sailing.”
Before you give him an argument, take a close look at the stunning Saffier range. Since 1998, it has been luring clients worldwide with sleek, eye-catching designs and peerless finishing. The Saffier yard has rewritten the book of day sailing. And that has not gone unnoticed. The Saffier 23 was named European Yacht of the Year (in the Special Yachts category), two years after the Saffier 26 received that honor.
The Saffier Se33 sets a unique standard. The boat can be sailed by the helmsman alone. Sheets and halyards for the mainsail, the self-tacking jib, the code- zero and the gennaker run under deck to winch consoles near the helm. The aft deck can be used as a sunbathing platform. The port and starboard benches are 2m long. The Saffier Se33 has an integrated sprayhood. The boat can sleep 4. It even has a cooking facility. There is also room for a toilet and lockers for storage.
The Saffier Se33 is seaworthy, self-righting, has a self-draining cockpit. It can be used on any kind of water,” says Hennevanger. It is also a racer. “We wanted to make a performance boat. With a shallow bottom, electric winches and a gennaker, 2 people can push the boat to between 12 and 15 knots.’’