After eight years in the planning, Rustler Yachts has launched its first motor yacht – the Rustler 41, a boat with the same unique blend of world-class craftsmanship, seakeeping, performance and elegance as the world-renowned sailing yachts they’ve been building for over 50 years.
Keel design and ballast can easily be overlooked when choosing a sailing yacht, but having the right keel design for the cruising you do, and having the ballast in the right place can transform your sailing and improve your life on board.
Ian Robson owned his Rustler 44 for eight years and sailed more than 14,000 miles in her. In all that time only one significant thing went wrong with the yacht ‘and that was probably down to the component supplier rather than Rustler,’ he reflects. ‘You couldn’t say more for the build quality than that, except perhaps that Rustlers don’t break – it takes a lot to break a Rustler.’
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.