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AERODYNE AD-38 RACING/CRUISING SAILING YACHT
THE AERODYNE 38 was designed as a fast easy-to-sail "cruiser / racer" with comfortable accommodations. Cockpit size and interior space are carefully balanced to achieve this dual role. Good performance was high on the priority list.
The result is an attractive, easily handled, contemporary "club racer" with plenty of space on deck and a lot of volume down below. This type of hull-form combines very good reserve stability with low wetted surface - a boat that sails well across the wind range. She sails at low heel angles, which improves both comfort and the efficiency of the rig and foils. On the performance side the design is influenced by developments in both Open Class BOC/Vendee Globe types and fast round-the-buoys designs, not handicapped by restrictive "rating" rules. The Aerodyne 38 also benefits from the designer's experience with successful long-distance custom cruising yachts.
THE AERODYNE 38's is 11.5 ft (3.5m) long! Not only is it well laid out for a racing crew, but in cruising mode adds considerable outdoor living space and yet will drain quickly through the transom should a sea come aboard. The cockpit seats are wide and long enough to sleep on.
The carbon fiber wheel is large to allow steering from the side-deck, and well-placed foot-cleats are provided for the helmsman when standing behind the wheel. There is also a cleat down the center of the "crew" cockpit for bracing when sailing upwind, and the space between the seats, over 3 ft. (1m), is wide enough for a good cockpit table. There is a big locker to port, and cooking gas is in a dedicated locker to starboard, aft.
All sail controls lead aft to rope-clutches and winches on the cabin top. Main halyard, reefing, vang, spinnaker halyard, headsail furling, bowsprit and spinnaker controls are all handled from here. The bowsprit retracts into a waterproof housing, with service access down below.
Going forward, the side-decks are wide and unobstructed helped by the outboard shrouds. The anchor is stowed in its own flush locker, which also houses the recessed jib-furling drum.
The Aerodyne 38 has an innovative recessed toe-rail running around the perimeter of the entire deck giving a secure footing, and making it comfortable for hiking out. An optional dodger protects the forward part of the cockpit.
THE AERODYNE 38 has a well-lit, comfortable interior with excellent ventilation. The layout includes double cabins forward and aft, each with their own hanging lockers and stowage areas.
The saloon has settee-berths either side, with lockers and shelves outboard. Six can sit around the drop-leaf table, which has bottle storage in the center section.
At the base of the companionway, the head, with sink, lockers and foul-weather gear stowage is to port, and a well-ventilated, comfortable aft cabin is to starboard. The "C"- shaped galley is forward of the aft cabin, with a double sink on centerline over the engine, generous drawers, and an icebox outboard. There are lockers above the two-burner stove/oven. This is a good seagoing galley.
There is a full-size nav station opposite the galley with a chart locker, recess for a lap-top computer, drawers and storage under the seat. The electrical panel and electronics are outboard where they are easy to see and use. Tools and a waste bin are kept under the companionway steps.
THE ENTIRE AERODYNE 38 is built of Epoxy resin - the best material for composite boat construction. It is considerably stronger, tougher and more durable than the polyester or vinylester resins used in conventional production boat hulls. This, combined with directional E-glass fabrics, high quality core materials appropriate for each area and carbon fiber reinforced structural framing ensures high strength, stiffness and longevity associated with one-off custom boats. Similarly, the Aerodyne 38 is painted with an Awlgrip finish which gives a tougher, high-gloss finish than gel-coat.
THE AERODYNE 38 engine is a Yanmar 3GM (27 bhp) Saildrive, positioned in the middle of the boat for best weight distribution and excellent service access. Fuel is under the starboard settee, aft, with one fresh water tank ahead of it, and another to port, forward of the batteries. Capacities are: 25 gallons (95 litres) of fuel; 50 gallons (190 litres) of water.
THE AERODYNE 38 is designed for fast sailing! She has high form-stability, excellent power-to-weight ratio (SA/Displ=30.13!), long waterline (Disp/L=117), a fine entry for wave penetration, and ‘planing’ sections aft for easy surfing. Keel and rudder are carefully pr