M35' WRC: designed for IRC, ORC, inshore, offshore & ocean racing
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:19 PM
“M35' WRC is a Moana Bluewater Yachts born to sail without limits in the most modern and efficient way and to race inshore, offshore and ocean races. The idea is: to provide a latest generation yacht, to offer, included in the base boat , the right mix of speed solutions, to keep the purchase, management and logistics costs equal to any racing boat of this length. This is why we wanted a very powerful hull, able to be extremely fast also in his simpler configuration, with fixed keel and water ballast, but that can be upgraded with all the available technology. M35' WRC Base comes with: double fix rudders, fixed keel with T-bulb, water ballast, adjustable bowsprit, secondary winches and complete deck gear, self-supporting sail plan with running back stays for safe and mast trim. This configuration is ideal for racing at the highest level on a low budget, keeping the boat simple and reliable. For more performance M 35' WRC can be ordered with a carbon fix or rotating mast, fiber rigging, lifting rudders. The RACE standard interior is very essential and light but pleasant and practical to live at sea for long periods and dignified holidays. The RACE Comfort layout is for racers/cruisers wanting an all round yacht and more comfort. The EXTREME interiors, consisting in a single central module carrying all fixed weights and on board loads, is for professional racing. Moana Custom department offer others up-grade possibilities such as: full carbon construction, canting keel, daggerboards or foils, custom deck or interiors. Given M35' WRC high speeds, the cockpit can be well protected by a canvas sprayhood or by a rigid protection that completely covers the front of the cockpit and the helmsman, in IMOCA style. As all Moana Bluewater Yachts M35' WRC is a very seaworthy yacht, but this one it's a “bullet”, the perfect tool for a crew to race inshore and in long distance offshore competitions like: Rolex Transatlantic, Transpac, ARC, Caribbean 600, Fastnet, Middle Sea Race, Sidney Hobart and similar races. It is ideal for a single or double handed crew participating in international or Mediterranean events, or in major ocean races like OSTAR, TwoSTAR, Transquadra, and everywhere a 35' is accepted".
Fast & seaworthy
M35'WRC was created to race at the higher level and to be able to sail in any whether condition, as often found in the most demanding races. This 2021 design includes all the best features conceived and tested on latest generation open boats. The basic configuration, fixed keel and ballast, allows an adequate purchase and management cost, a reliable yacht much lighter and simpler than a foiler and with no logistical problems in ports. The hull is very powerful, to suffer very little the conditions favorable to foilers and to perform better in the conditions which penalize a foiler regaining the gap. M35'WRC standard version is supplied with all the essential solutions needed to participate in offshore races: swinging bowsprit, full deck plan, racing sail plan, water ballast, double fixed rudders and fix deep T keel. All the three proposed internal layouts allows full life aboard before and after races. This way the owner budget can be concentrated on technical gear, sparing high crew's hotel and restaurant costs. A livable interior allow also cruising holidays, for many owners often more relevant than the racing use. The standard RACE Base layout, host up to a crew of six. Spacious and bright it feat also a separate full toilette. Designed for a cruising/racing the RACE Comfort layout has a bow area with a double cabin and a separate full toilet. The EXTREME Base layout it's the ideal one for single or doublehanders racing, if upgraded can also host up to six people, and there is even the possibility to fit a simple separate toilette. It is the lighter layout allowing also the maximum righting moment.
Moana Bluewater Yachts is known to produce boats with very serious technical characteristics, regardless of what they cost in terms of labor and materials. The tradition continues, even everything that is not seen it's done at the state of the art, without industrial tricks. This approach is crucial for an easy, practical and safe use at sea, for navigation's comfort and speed. Global quality, seaworthiness, reliability, performances are all achieved with a design and construction engineering strong of an extraordinary “in-house” know-how on the water. An experience of over a million miles covered by the Malingri family in more than 40 years of navigation. Experience coming also from and the construction of over 130 yachts, 5 models of the legendary classic Moana and various one off as Moana 60', the first Italian designed and built IMOCA 60'. If you want to race successfully and extend the range of your racing and cruising holidays.
M35' WRC Building Specs
The M35' WRC standard version is hand laid laminated with care and precision on female molds, using multi-axial and unidirectional E- glass fabrics on high density PVC core, using vinylester resin and post cure. The light but very strong hull and deck of the M35'WRC are reinforced by a structure of composite longitudinals, floors, bulkheads and beams, involving: boat bottom, bow, keel area, mast foot, chainplates and engine. In the bow lamination it's inserted Kevlar fabric, there is a crash box and a watertight bulkhead. Aft a watertight bulkhead isolates the rudder compartment from the living area.
The keel top has a pyramidal box shape and is interlocked in a matching case, structural with the hull. Two big prisoner are for interlocking and supporting it. All side and longitudinal loads are supported by the hull case reinforced by a grid of floors and longitudinals. The keel blade is in Weldox steel and the 1000kg bulb is lead. Rudders are built by e-glass/carbon/epoxy; they are external for easy of maintenance and eventual replacement while at sea. They are fitted on SS hardware. Rudder system gear is easily accessed by top openings in the spoiler. Lifting rudders are an option, they are useful for less drag and to minimize the risk of hitting floating objects. All big fixed weights on board are placed in the transverse center, to provide a better righting moment on both sides, and close to the longitudinal center to improve wave passage. The water ballasts, 500 lt. on each side, are divided into two independent compartments, aft and central. Their shape is made to maximize the righting moment and retard the negative stability. The water is charged, discharged and transferred by an electric pump system, or, sparing energy, by hydrodynamic scoops and gravity.
The deck has been designed to protect and give safety and comfort to the crew, to maneuver quick and easy in short crew. The roof has an important dimension to ensure rapid righting in the event of a capsize, to protect the cockpit's from wind and spray, to provide interior height. The deck plan is complete with 4 Andersen ST winches and ANTAL deck gear for all maneuvers, running back stays, 2 fix vang/preventers, barbers and circuits for mast head J0 and asymmetrical spinnakers. Jib tack points are 3D, the passageways are clear from deck gear, placed on the roof side step. The aluminum bowsprit can be oriented sideways from the cockpit.
All hatches and portholes are high on the deck and can be kept slightly open in light air without the risk of wetting the interior. The cockpit is deep and comfortable; the crew is protected by a canvas or a rigid sprayhood, which allow sight at the sails and at the bow. The entrance is by a Lewmar watertight main hatch, there is no anchor locker in the bow, all external lockers are under the cockpit sole and drain directly into the sea. Materials such as anchor, fenders and light sails are stowed in the sail suite, accessed by a top hatch or by the interiors, or in the two cockpit bottom lockers .
The Velscaf aluminum self supporting mast is a 10/11 fraction rig, the single level spreaders are swept aft 25°, the discontinuous rigging is by 1x19 SS wire on bronze/SS turnbuckles on SS chainplates. The fiber staysail stay is movable. Dyneema running back stays are present for safe, tuning and for mast top sails. The mast is placed in the longitudinal center and the boom aft end is flush with the stern, leaving a large bow triangle. The square headed mainsail is on ANTAL track system, 3 generous reefs reduce it into a trysail. In extreme conditions M35' WRC sail up wind well balanced. also under storm jib alone , cause the rear sail position, just in front of the mast, does not give whether helm.
M35' WRC Base has no headfurler. We advise on the use of a 110% J1 with 1 reef hand, a 110% staysail also with 1 reefs hand, a storm jib on textile stay with it's tack at the roof end. Both front sails just need to be hoysted or lowered on deck, where they remain protected and ready in their stay deck bags. Several rigging up grade can be made adopting: aluminum wing mast rotating on spreaders (no outriggers), fix or rotating carbon mast, carbon boom, fiber rigging, fixed or swinging carbon bowsprit .
M35 'WRC base has a 10hp diesel Yanmar 1GM10 engine; small and light it's ideal for racing and charging batteries saving fuel. The position, under the entrance, has access from all four sides. Transmission is by Reggiani shaft line with floating bearing, homokinetic joint and 2 blade Radice folding prop. Under the body the shaft is protected by a longitudinal skeg that improve route stability and reduce autopilot consumption. The cooling and exhaust pipes are though siphons for a safe use in rough seas. A 110ah alternator and a smart diode provide a fast batteries charge, saving fuel. The engine panel is in the cockpit, as well the lever Morse cable control, recessed and protected in cockpit bench front and right vertical planes. M35' WRC can be fitted also with a 14hp Yanmar 2YM15. The Race Comfort version has a 21hp. Others options are two or three blade Max Prop, shaft & prop lifting system, hybrid, in-grid or full electric engines.
M35' WRC standard boat is offered as explained above cause our experience suggest that on little yacht that's the better configuration to combine quality, performance, environment protection and yacht's cost. In few words we believe that if you use a standard M35' WRC with EXTREME interiors, with a skilled and trained crew, to compete in an Ostar or a Twostar, an ARC, a Middle Sea Race or in your area championship, to make some example of different racing for which M35'WRC has been created, you can win your class and leave behind a lot of bigger boats. This is because on a little boat the lamination is made by few layers of cloth and switch to full carbon will bring only a little weight gain. Neverless we know that there are more demanding owner willing to compete at maximum level, wanting a more rigid yacht, an optimization for the formula they prefer, a foiler, or a cockpit made exclusively for crew or singlehanded racing. Moana Custom it's a Moana Shipyard's customization department dedicated to one off and the up grade of Moana Bluewaters Yachts composite. This open unlimited possibilities to improve or change our yachts in every aspect: from hull and deck lamination to appendages, from rigging to deck, from engine to plants. We want or customers to be happy and proud of their yacht, we have a long experience of customization grown on our classic Moana Classic series. On over 130 built series units, between 5 models, you hardly find two twin Moanas.
M35' WRC is offered with three interior layouts and each one having various options. RACE, RACE Comfort and EXTREME. All can accommodate up to six crew members, some of them adopting options. This is a big advantage because often the cruising use time can be equal or superior to the racing one. Having a livable interior arrangement permit to host family and friends for holidays. The internal height is of 2,05m at the entrance, and the yacht is livable in upright position up to the sail suite.
The furniture is made of painted composite sandwich panels with some solid Canadian cedar trims. In every compartment there is enough storage place for gear, provisions and spares parts, also for long navigation, and the possibility to keep weight to windward if necessary. Internal air circulation is ensured by entrance, main cabin and front hatches, two side portholes above galley and chart table, two rear the aft berths. At the anchor or during navigation the boat is cool and breezy. The aft and the saloon berths benefit from an air circulation between the entrance and the cockpit portholes; even during navigation, the entrance hatch can always be kept open, cause it's protected by the fabric sprayhood, as are the rear bench portholes, which are protected by gutters. The M35' WRC's optimum crew for long offshore races is four sailors. Two on watch and two resting, all together when maneuvering hard. In club racing a crew of six can offer more RM and faster maneuvers. When sailing single or double handed a good portion of M35'WRC internal layout can be disassembled. This lighten the yacht and leave space to move quickly, reach and inspect every part of the boat. Righting moment is strongly helped by water ballasts, but it's also important to place all internal weights well to windward and to be fast and comfortable to move all this gear on the other side, while taking or jibing. It's also important to have bunks on the wind side, as humans are a big weights on little boat and they cannot resist sitting on the rail for many days and nights during long distance races . In addiction all three M35'WRC interior layouts are designed with the aim to keep all major fix weight as engine, tanks batteries, plants and more near the center line for more RM on both sides. The same is to keep them near the longitudinal center for a better wave passage.
The RACE internal layout it's the standard one. It's the more indicated for an all round use between racing and cruising. It can accommodate a crew of four or, leaving on the dock the aft bunks, it can be optimized for double or single handed racing.
The main cabin has two swinging sofa/bunks in the center and two swinging aft bunks, In the center there is a module containing the sweet water tank, the ballast system and two 110ah 12V. batteries.
The kitchen is equipped with a light tilting two burners alcohol cooker. The sink has sweet water by pressure/foot pump and salt water by foot pump. The discharge is by a siphon and manual pump, that serve also as internal bilge pump, to prevent water return when heeled down wind. Over and under the kitchen top there are capable lockers for gear and food.
The cart table on the right has an instrument panel and a cabinet over it and big shelve underneath. The working plan can be accessed by the front or seated on the right sofa forward end.
M35' WRC RACE interiors can be upgraded for a crew up to 6 with furniture, plants, and light storage containers. All options, except the toilet, can be easy removed for day racing or to compete in short crew. A dining table, with folding wing and bottle and glass containment, can be fitted over the central saloon module. A tilting two burner stove with oven can be fitted in the kitchen.
For a better light and air circulation windows with integrated portholes can be fitted aft of the aft bunks.
Two swiveling berths can be placed in the front compartment. They are good for crew rest or to store sails and other sailing gear up wind, when sailing in light air.