The paper discusses the trade-offs and pay-offs of designing and building big ship capability into a small cruising sailing yacht. A norwegian resuce ship hull form, large three bladed controllable pitch propeller, nickel cadmium batteries, shaft driven generator, above average horsepower, a high degree of watertight integrity, modest self-salvage capability, tug boat handling under power, low helmsman energy drain under all conditions, circumferential safety and grab rail, balanced rudder, diesel oil fired range, hot water central heating are discussed as they combine to fill the author's requirements for seaworthiness, seakeeping ability, safety, maintainability, self sufficiency and comfort at sea.

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