The Velocity 7.1

Project Detail

LOA 7.000 m (23′ 0″)
LWL 6.500 m (21′ 4″)
Max Beam 2.480 m (8′ 2″)
Draft (keel dn) 1.590 m (5′ 3″)
DSPL 725 kgs (1600 lbs)
SA (main & jib) 28.5 m2 (310 ft2)

Finally, a small fast keel boat that can be raced hard by a small crew. This design is a direct by-product of an unprecedented research and development effort by the designer of the VG-Mount Gay 30, which translates into a guaranteed performance! The Velocity 7.1 has been conceived for simplicity of function, from the sail handling, to the trailering of the boat.

With this in mind, Van Gorkom Yacht Design has developed an affordable kit plan package that makes it possible for the amateur boat builder to construct a high performance, unsinkable, one-off, day racer. The plans are extremely detailed and cover all aspects of construction and outfitting.

The basic laminate of the hull and deck will e-glass material laid up over a user-friendly, CoreCell “bead and cove” core using an epoxy resin base. This will ensure a very strong and lightweight shell, capable of delivering on performance and tough enough to withstand the rigors of everyday use.

The light carbon fiber mast has one set of swept back spreaders and no runners or backstay and can easily be manhandled into place. The highly roached main provides all the power while the non-overlapping blade jib keeps the boat at close angles to the breeze. There is the option of rigging the Velocity 7.1 with either a symmetric or asymmetric spinnaker for greater versatility of function.

The boat can easily be launched from a trailer via a single point hoist or from a ramp and can be set up to sail in less than 20 minutes. The retractable “L” shaped keel firmly locks in place on a thru-flange connecting hull and deck.