The Shipman 63 makes previously undreamed-of sailing adventures within your grasp
by matt scanlon
A carbon-epoxy hull design, which increases the structural
integrity of ocean-going sailing yachts while decreasing their weight, was brought to an art form when the Slovenia-based Shipman
company recruited design legends J&J Design, Doug Peterson, and Guillaume Verdier to produce its newest models. Parent company Seaway asked the team to satisfy several criteria—the Shipman
63 had be: simple to maintain; fast, but easy to control; stable, but capable of exploring shallow bays; and design equipped for a summer in the Mediterranean or a winter in the Caribbean, and two transatlantic crossings per year.
“We wanted to create a yacht for visiting the world’s most attractive cruising grounds,” Verdier said. “She would need to be reliable and seaworthyin all conditions, simple to control, and capable of high speeds under sail or engine for an extended period, with minimal crew.”
The result is a single-handed pilothouse, high-performance (300
miles per day) yacht that is fast and strong, easy to sail and handle, and damn good-looking. In short, it makes intermediate sailors capable of adventures they’d previously only dreamed of.
Balanced hull lines keep forces light on the rudder in upwind conditions, so the helmsman stays fresh longer. The PBO carbon rig is lightweight and extremely strong, pleasing to the eye, and makes for even greater stability. Twin rudders with JP3 bearings offer directional stability (permitting the use of autopilot even in strong winds), and button-operated hydraulic winches from Harken make easy work of handling halyards, jib, spinnaker, and
mainsheet. When becalmed, the Volkswagen Marine Engines are reliable and lightweight.
The interior offers dining seating for eight and accommodations for six, with a fascinating self-leveling gimbaled salon (sensors calculate the heel of the boat and send information to two cylinders that compensate-angle the living space, offering a unique level of comfort)—a wonderful innovation in single-handed racing that helped Shipman co-engineer Michel Desjoyeaux win the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo race sailed non-stop and without assistance.
Shipman 63 – $1,737,000
Global One Yacht Sales
Brielle Yacht Club
201 Union Lane, Brielle / 732.775.4515