"I resolved to have a thoroughly good sailing boat -- the largest that could be well managed in rough weather by one strong man, and with every bolt, cleave, sheave, and rope well-considered in relation to the questions: How will this work in a squall? On a rock? In the dark? Or in a rushing tide? A crowded lock? Not to say in a storm? She was to be first safe, next comfortable, and then fast."
-John MacGregor from The Voyage Alone in the Yawl Rob Roy, 1867
While we were docked in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin this past summer, we ran across a very interesting cruising sailboat. At first glance you may say that Falcon II is simply large, but then question what makes her so interesting? And to that I would volley back with several responses. First, Falcon II is an aluminum hull from one of today's superyacht builders, Palmer Johnson. Next I might mention her trio of helm seats, complete with wedge-shaped cushions that can be adjusted to compensate for either a port or starboard heel. But what I find most interesting about Falcon II is her boom-less rig. That's right, this 62-footer features a mainsail without a boom. She was designed this way to keep things simple and safe for a short-handed crew. Her accommodations below deck are also designed with a small crew in mind, perfect for a couple with three kids! But alas, even though she's currently on the market, Falcon II will escape our loving ownership because of a price tag that dwarfs my mortgage. Oh well, at least it was free to check her out on the dock.
|Now those are comfy helm seats!|
|All lines led to the helm...in a very organized manner.|