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Luxury cruiser/racer design

Feb 28, 2012
The Amplitude 88, a new hybrid design by Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

The Amplitude 88, a new hybrid design by Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

Always on the cutting edge of yacht design, Stephens Waring Yacht Design (SWYD) of Belfast, Maine, has introduced a new hybrid design, the Amplitude 88.

Yet to be built, the new boat is designed for competing in offshore or maxi racing events and incorporates a long waterline and plumb stem for top performance. The displacement is light and ensures impressive boat speed, especially off the wind. The rig incorporates a square-top main, large fore triangle, and bowsprit. All lines are run beneath the coach roof for a clean deck.

The yacht has a fixed tee-bulb and draws 12 feet. SWYD says that a lifting keel is also an option.

The deckhouse encloses a deck saloon, with a roomy wrap-around couch that offers panoramic views through the long tinted windows and a skylight for maximum light. A navigation station and bar complete the space.

A full galley may be separate or linked to the saloon. The four-cabin layout includes an owner’s suite forward, a guest suite, and two staterooms with over/under berths. The crew quarters are aft beneath the cockpit and can accommodate four in two cabins, with a private lounge area. There is also a large aft garage for a 14-foot tender.

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