Open 30 Cat rig & Canting Keel Version Yacht for Sale in Cape Town
Priced at: R 770 000
Laying in Cape Town Harbour
The Open 30 was designed by Geoff van Gorkom to the ‘box rule’ governing Open classes.
One was built by Moondance Yachts and proved to be a successful racing boat. The Open 30 is a thoroughbred short-handed racing boat and it was felt that a ‘tamer’ version of the boat will respond better with the market need for a comfortable boat with high performance.
The designer, Geoff van Gorkom, was asked to change the rig to a free standing cat type rig with a wishbone and a canting keel. Both these changes would create a boat that is exceptionally easy to sail and be more comfortable and safer as a result but with a performance on par with a fully fledged racing boat. The VPP’s for this configuration showed much promise and Moondance Yachts built this boat.
Moongazer is an exceptional yacht combining the performance of the Open Class boats with the ease of sailing a simple dinghy like a laser.
She is to be marketed to the owner who wants the least amount of hassle and complications; no crew needed, easy to hoist the main or fly the Code “0”, forgiving by the self tuning main sail and enjoying superb speed and the sensation of performance yachting. The canting keel not only enabled us to make her lighter than the fixed keel version of the Open 30 (saved some 200kg on the lead bulb), but made sailing with a lot of crew for ballast a thing of the past. It is an ideal yacht for the older sailor who wants a lot of fun but without the nuisance.
She is easy to maintain (no woodwork) and the open cockpit is comfortable but sporty. She would make an ideal day sailor or weekender. A trip up the coast to Dassen Island is a joy and she is fitted with a small sink and stove. The interior is open and she can be fitted with a King sized mattress.