Designers Comments (Robert Tucker A.M.I.N.A.)
The commission itself came initially from two people
very experienced in offshore racing in a family unit, and stemmed from their
belief that the standards of sea-worthiness demanded by the junior officers
offshore group could be wedded to the concept of the small shoal-draught
family cruiser to produce the boat that has everything.
The result was the first twin-keel shallow draught
yacht to receive her colours for class V racing, a 4- berth family cruiser
able to take the ground on every tide, if need be, and a vessel docile
enough to train the inexperienced in the art of seamanship. And immediately
she proved herself sea-worthy, light on the helm, easy to sail, fast to
windward, and comfortable to live aboard, moreover, she passed her
compulsory self-righting test with flying colours.
Her appearance is unusual to those long accustomed to
coachroofs and doghouses, but it is something of a return to an earlier
age-except that modern techniques now enable us to combine uncluttered decks
for safe sail-handling with above average accommodation below.