You can sail across an ocean in almost any boat with a keel and a cabin, but some sailboats are much safer and far more comfortable than others. There are a lot of important differences between the hull of a general-purpose cruising yacht and one that’s designed and built specifically for long-distance offshore sailing. Here’s what you need to know.
Tim Stevenson’s Andrillot II was the original Rustler 37, launched in 2014 and he’s owned her ever since. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he says. It’s quite fitting that Tim’s now owns the first Rustler 37 because her namesake, the original Andrillot – the first of Jack Laurent Giles’s famously seaworthy 25ft Vertue Class yachts, launched in 1936 – was in his family for almost 40 years.
If you’re new to Rustler’s range of offshore and ocean cruising yachts you may wonder why they have two headsails in the foretriangle – two sails in front of the mast – where most cruising sailboats only have one. Two headsails might take a few more seconds to trim than a single one, but two smaller sails are more manageable than one big sail – and we’re not just talking about taking them off the boat at the end of the season.