For sailors who subscribe to the philosophy of free and open content.
Flat-out fast, with her huge cockpit and a simple but enormously comfortable interior.
If most of your time afloat is spent daysailing rather than extended cruising, or if you dream of going fast for the fun of it, or winning in a boat that won't be made obsolete by rule changes, you'll have an idea of what motivated me to design the Pearson Flyer 30.
I'm convinced there is a backlash about measurement rules; that as the price of raw materials and accessories continues to escalate, sailors are getting tired of expensive, disposable boats that beat the rule in year one, sail to it in year two, and are outclassed in year three. I see a trend toward one-design class racing where the boats are exiting to sail, and remain competitive year-after-year with nothing more than a new suit of sails.
I wanted to build a boat that says, "The Faster, The More Fun". And I'm determined that there are a lot of us who will trade a thrilling ride for a hanging locker or a surfing spinnaker run for a 3 burner stove with oven or will trade a thundering power reach for a stall shower. In short, there are those of us who use our boats for day sailing, occasional overnights, racing, plus maybe one or two extended cruises a season. So why load that boat up with gear, accommodations, and dollars we don't use?
On the other hand, we all need room — room to pack the spinnaker, room to hoist a few with the full crew after a good day, room to eat and sleep comfortably. So enormous below her flush deck, with wide, contoured berths more like couches.
As for integrity and durability commensurate with weight, modern technology allows us to do some pretty exiting things like using the new lightweight diesels and cored construction.
From the beginning, the design parameters were high performance and low price. Weight is slow and expensive. So, if you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for high performance, this is your boat.
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