With their timeless beauty and advanced construction, the W-46s are destined to quicken sailors' hearts for generations to come. Before the advent of the W-Class Racing Yachts, a one-design racing class of identical wooden yachts had not been built for more than fifty years. It is time for the unparalleled thrill and spectacle of big-boat one-design racing to set sail once more.
"Feathering upwind with the sleek vessel in perfect trim and the helm as light as a pillow, it was hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy for all the other sailors, on all their other boats."
Herb McCormick, New York Times
The hull shape is unmistakably stunning. Above the waterline it has gorgeous overhangs fore and aft. But lurking beneath the water is a sleek, modern underbody sculpted from cold-molded strips of wood laminated with epoxy. The keel is a fin with bulb and the spade rudder is of carbon fiber. Towering high above the teak is a strong, light-weight carbon-fiber rig.
Tradition and a respect for what is truly beautiful can be seen in the lines of the W-46, but she is designed for today. There is plenty of room for a sizable crew, but she can also be raced easily by just a few eager sailors. In cruising mode, she can be sailed by one or two couples - or even a single-hander.
"I think you would be amazed at the feel of the W-46."
Robert Perry, Naval Architect
The W-46 is designed by Brooklin boat Yard, Inc. and Robert Stephens. Constructed entirely using WEST system epoxies, it is masterfully built in Maine of cold-molded wood. All interior structural bulkheads are marine-grade mahogany plywood, epoxy-coated and sealed. All frames are constructed of laminated Douglas fir.
Interior joinery is cherry, varnished with a satin finish. The deck beams have a satin varnish and the underside of the deck is painted. The cabin sole is solid teak. There are Concordia berths in the main cabin and fold-down aluminum pipe berths forward.
"W-46s are a treat to build. Their excellent design, well-thought-out construction plan, and aesthetic all take advantage of wood's superior engineering qualities to yield a lightweight, strong, and beautiful vessel."
Taylor Allen, Owner, Rockport Marine, Builder of W-Class Yachts
Only once or twice in a generation does a design so special come along that it is destined to become an icon of the finest in yachting tradition. We believe the W-46 will evoke that sort of excitement.
|Designed by Joel White, N.A. Built in Maine of Cold-Molded Wood|
|Length overall||46 feet 9 inches|
|Length on waterline||34 feet|
|Sail area||981 square feet|
"I fell in love with Zebra immediately. She's the prefect boat for what I was looking for; a big daysailers that is a modern boat with classic lines. That large cockpit makes it so comfortable for as many as ten people to have a great day on the water."
Frederic Bourke, Owner, W-46 hull #1