As a family friendly day boat, Jewell was designed to meet the following main requirements:
- To be trailerable by an ordinary car, and therefore light, and be able to beach temporarily for loading/unloading.
- To have a large, wide and deep cockpit, comfortable, allowing for fishing and a place where children could be safe.
- To have a stable hull for family sailing but give excellent performance for weekend sails “with the guys”.
- To have a cuddy cabin, with a toilet for women and children, a small galley to heat some meals and two berths to spend a night or two on board, or for napping.
She has a yawl rig, firstly because it is beautiful, and also because the yawl rig is very versatile, allowing one to sail under main only, or under mizzen and jib. The mizzen also allows the boat to safely point into the wind, tending itself while the skipper starts the motor, puts in a reef, or entertains the kids.
My first Jewell will be ready to sail in spring 2016.