Over the last 50 years, we have sold our yachts to people in more than 28 different countries and one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘Why don’t you have local agents or dealers?’. We understand that not having dealers and only exhibiting at a selected number of international boat shows each year makes it more difficult for you to see our yachts. But hopefully, after reading this you’ll understand our reasons, and why, in the long term, you’ll benefit the most.
Choosing the best layout for your cruising yacht
At Sirius, we pride ourselves on being able to give you the semi-custom boat you want; built and designed for you, how you intend to use the yacht, and where you plan to sail her.
Which headsail rig is best for cruising?
The headsail is usually the most important item in a yacht’s sail wardrobe. Not only does it typically provide the lion’s share of the power, it’s generally the first sail that the moving air comes in contact with. It has a cleaner airflow than the mainsail (no mast to cause turbulence at the leading edge) which enables the sailboat to point a bit higher, and it increases the speed of the air passing over the main. The ease of tacking and reefing are key considerations when choosing and sizing a headsail, and so is durability, especially on a cruising yacht where it’s usually left exposed for the whole sailing season. Headsails don’t have an easy life!
How strong are hull windows?
We are often asked online and at boat shows about the strength of our hull windows. While we cannot answer for other manufacturers, we can say with complete confidence that the hull windows on Sirius Yachts are stronger than the hull surrounding them!
What are the pros and cons of different keels?
We all sail for different reasons, in different cruising grounds and use our yachts differently, so it makes sense that there is no one-size-fits-all keel design. At Sirius, however, we like to make the perfect yacht for each individual owner. One of the ways we serve our customers is our choice of keels – at least six different options for each model. It’s one of the ways we stand out – or should that be stand up?
What’s the best rudder design and why are Sirius Yachts so easy to manoeuvre?
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.