SAILS is unique. SAILS is a Florida Bay Coaster, designed by Jay Benford and built in steel. There have been over a dozen Coasters built, however they have greatly influenced North American trawler design and are easily recognized by most knowledgeable yachting enthusiasts. SAILS was the first Coaster built for an owner, and remained with that same owner for 17 years until May 2007 when we purchased SAILS.
SAILS is an optical illusion. When you step aboard SAILS, you are immediately struck with the space and openness of her interior. SAILS is larger on the inside than on the outside. SAILS has over 950 sq ft of air-conditioned living space packed into a 45 ft hull; and then there are the huge deck spaces. You simply can not believe you are on a 45 footer.
SAILS is strong and stable. SAILS is built in steel: all the walls and floors are solid steel. Additionally there are large beams, bulkheads, and reinforcing ribs, all in steel, making for unsurpassed strength. Because of this strength, there is no flexing of the hull while underway, so tile floors and granite countertops can be utilized. She has a very "solid" feel. SAILS has a full displacement hull with hard chines, and a very low center of gravity, resulting in a very stable hull. When you step aboard you can not feel the deck move under your weight. This stability results in a very smooth ride even in the roughest chop of the IntraCoastal Waterway. Stabilizers are not necessary.
SAILS is economical to operate. SAILS has a full displacement shaped hull, which makes her very easy to move through the water. Therefore she requires very small amounts of horsepower for cruising, and leaves almost no wake. The efficiency of this design translates into only 3-4 gallons per hour of fuel consumption while cruising.
SAILS is proven. SAILS was home for a live-aboard couple while working full time jobs and while cruising. In all situations she has performed flawlessly, remaining comfortable, safe, and roomy. SAILS has cruised extensively from Florida to New England; at home anywhere on the coast. SAILS soon will become our home.