The VG1150XS

Project Detail

LOA 11.500 m (37′ 9″)
LWL 10.500 m (34′ 5″)
Max Beam 3.600 m (11′ 10″)
Draft 2.700 m (8′ 10″)
DSPL 3150 kgs (6944 lbs)
SA (up) 96 m2 (1033 ft2)
SA (dn) 228 m2 (2454 ft2)

The design brief from the client for the VG1150XS was simple – “I want a fast boat that will win races and challenge my crew. I don’t care about ratings and I want it to be exciting to sail.” With this in mind, VGYD set to work on designing a boat with some serious speed potential.

The client also wanted a boat that he could compete in offshore events like the Sydney-Hobart Race and the Sydney to Gladstone Race as well as inshore events such as Hamilton Island Race Week. The product of these considerations was an optimal hull form for reducing wave making drag with minimal wetted surface.

This exceptionally fast and easily driven hull shape will be coupled with a powerful sail plan featuring a square-top main, a 110% non-overlapping jib, and a versatile range of asymmetric spinnakers. The 7/8 fractional rig is carbon fiber with swept-back spreaders. A greater range of sailing angles will be achieved with a carbon fiber retracting/ articulating bow sprit.

The hull, deck and internal structure of the VG1150 will be built from carbon fiber, CoreCell foam in an epoxy resin sandwich. Additional carbon fiber uni-directional material is used in areas of high loading such as the keel grid, chainplates, and in critical transverse framing and bulkheads.

The articulating keel has a draft of 2.7m (8 feet 10 inches) and a cant angle of 60 degrees, producing plenty of righting moment (horsepower) for a lighter ballast package. The fin is a state-of-the-art, high-lift, laminar flow, foil section. The low center of gravity, T-bulb configuration features our latest and very fast “shark” geometry. The centerline daggerboard provides the boat with directional stability and lift.

The interior of the VG1150 has a pure spartan racing finish, well attuned to offshore racing or the riggers of round-the-cans racing. There are four fixed berths 2m in length.  Aft of the companionway is the engine box housing an inboard Yanmar 20hp diesel with Saildrive.

Construction is due to begin towards the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.