If you’ve seen the videos of our deck saloon sailboats manoeuvring effortlessly in the tight space of a marina, you may wonder how we can make it look so easy. The simple answer is that it looks easy because it is easy. Years of practice are absolutely not required as we prove on every test sail; after 10 minutes of simple instruction anyone on board who is more than eight years old can manoeuvre a Sirius with the same confidence. Part of the reason our yachts are so easy to manoeuvre is rudder design, combined with the position of the propeller.
A deck saloon yacht is just a sailboat with big windows, right? Wrong. While many sailing yacht builders may have you believe that adding a higher coachroof with bigger windows and putting ‘DS’ at the end of a model name is enough for a boat to qualify as a ‘deck saloon’, there’s actually a lot more to it than that.
What’s the best hull material for an ocean cruising sailboat, fibreglass (GRP) or aluminium? It’s an important decision for any boat buyer to make and both materials have their pros and cons. In essence, the right choice depends on two fundamental factors: the yacht’s size and where you plan to cruise. But there are other practical considerations too, some of which might surprise you.
Would you expect a waterside holiday home to have windows so small you can’t see out of them? No, neither would we. This is why, on a Sirius, you’ll find large windows looking out in every direction. No matter which way your boat is facing you can sit in the saloon and look out over the bay, harbour or anchorage that you have sailed to.
How long does a company owner spend on board their new model after she’s been launched? If the company is Sirius and the yacht is our 40DS, the answer is 12 weeks. Eight of those continuously.
If you find sailing uncomfortable it’s not the sailing that is the problem, it’s the boat. At Sirius we believe you should always be comfortable on board your boat and there are many ways we achieve this.