Choosing a cruising sailboat: what options to look for?

Choosing a cruising sailboat is an exciting experience. To ensure you select the best yacht that fits your needs, there are a few things that are essential to consider, such as:

  • Your sailing plans: coastal cruising, long offshore passages, etc.
  • The size of the sailboat: are you looking for a 30-foot boat or a large 45-footer
  • The appendage type: fin, twin, lifting keel
  • The time you intend to spend on board: year-round liveaboard, day trips, etc.
  • The number of crew members
  • Additional options you wish to have

RM yachts, plywood monohull sailboats from 30ft to 45ft, are delivered with a great standard of equipment (beyond the market’s average yacht). Because all owners are different, and all the navigations (blue water cruising, transatlantic, ocean crossing, coastal cruising, etc.) are too, we have built a list of additional options available to make sure you can fully personalize your future yacht.

These options are suitable for both performance and comfort:

  • Standing rigging: a carbon mast will help you save weight at the top and increase stiffness while reducing displacement. Speed will consequently increase.
  • Sail plan: in addition to the basic configuration (main sail and genoa), when choosing their cruising sailboat, our customers usually pick up a few more white sails to get the best of the cutter rigging and adapt the sail area to the weather conditions: a furling staysail is quite usual for heavy weather, and gennaker for light airs. Trade winds passages will welcome a symmetrical spinnaker.
  • Deck plan: German sheet display to facilitate action from the helm stations, electric winches, 3D trimming for foresails, control panels behind the wheels, folding cockpit table, davits with solar panels, etc. All these options being greatly appreciated for solo sailors or short-handed crews.
  • Interior layout and design: upholstery, colors, number of cabins, additional equipment such as freezer, water-maker, extra fresh water, or fuel tanks, etc. Each RM sailing yacht is different and will match her owner’s expectations.
  • Hull color: all RM Yachts are personalized by their owners. From a color pattern, they give a personal touch to their modern wooden yachts by picking up a lacquer. Citrus yellow? Navy blue? Carmin red? If you are lacking inspiration, check out our RM Stories to find more nuances!

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