Hull: Fiberglass, built to highest quality standards
Spars: Timber – Oregon
Gunwhale: solid teak
Deck Hardware: Ronstan/Andersen winches
Standing rigging: 5mm Dyneema
Running rigging: Double braid polyester
Length overall 23ft
Length on deck 20ft
Length waterline 20ft
Beam 8ft 2 inches
Draught 1ft 6 inches – 4ft
Sail Area 23 sqm
The Amity was the brain child of yachtsman and principle of Australiawide Boat Sales – Euan MacDonald. It was designed by yacht designer Barry Colson.
The Amity has been designed specifically to meet the following demanding criteria;
- To have a traditional timeless classic style
- To be easy to sail, launch and recover
- To have excellent sailing capability
- To be built in solid fibreglass using the best materials available
- To be an Australian product, designed and manufactured
- To be able to sail with six adults enough accommodation to convert for overnight camping for 4
- To be easily beached with lifting keel and rudder
- Not to sacrifice on performance, foil keel and rudder
- To be naturally self-righting
- To be unsinkable with positive flotation
- To be affordable
The design of the Amity is based on traditional and seamanlike principles that have been blended with modern materials and construction. This makes a practical boat to own, with the benefit of traditional shape with timeless classic appeal. Every aspect has been dealt with to the highest standards, the boat is built to a demanding specification utilising only the best of materials, our hulls are solid fiberglass and built within controlled limits to the highest quality standards. It’s overall strength and safety features make it much more than a social day sailer or weekender. In fact she was originally designed for short-handed expedition work so she has the capability, safety and capacity for longer passages in testing conditions.
A Word on Stability
Most of our customers don’t want a boat that sails on its side.
To maximise stability, the boat has been designed with maximum beam for trailing. This will ensure the boat will sail relatively flat by comparison and rather than use a traditional plate keel, we have gone to the extra effort of moulding our own lead ballasted foil keels. This makes the boat supremely efficient especially when sailing to weather whilst also stiffening up the boat and reducing heel whilst sailing. Many small yachts incorporate a hard chine into the hull which although is easier and cheaper to build can often mean the boat is less stable when it starts to heel, in other words they will heel quickly. The Amity is smooth sided with large beam and a tight turn in the bilge, offering a very pleasing clean line but most importantly a stable platform for sailing.
The boat comes complete sail away with a set of good quality white Dacron sails from UK Halsey. Mainsail and Jib measure a combined 22.5sqm. We recommend a simple headsail furler and a small heavy weather jib to optimise your boat for all conditions. The moderate sail area is designed to give good performance whilst being easily handled. It can be sailed single handed with ease and the modest high peaked Gunter rig is extremely versatile in everything from light airs to heavy weather. A huge advantage with the Gunter rig is the spars fit within the boat length and importantly the mast can be lowered and stored on its tabernacle.
The huge cockpit would rival many 50ft yachts, giving ample room for up to 6 adults sailing possible, the side decks are just the right height for sitting on, they are exceptionally wide making it very comfortable for the crew with nice ergonomic curves on the cockpit coaming. A slide out helmsman seat is optional. The foredeck is 2.1m long, long enough to lie out on should you wish but importantly provides a huge sealed stowage locker below for all your expedition needs. The deck each side of the centreboard case is exactly the right width to roll out a camping mat or swag for overnighting, giving enough space for four to sleep. Whist sailing, the huge cockpit makes moving about the boat a breeze, it’s easy to walk around and a pleasure to spend time on, a key focus often forgotten in smaller sailing boats. The cockpit is self-draining with sealed buoyancy under floor and in the for’ard hold. Importantly this gives the boat its positive flotation effectively making it unsinkable. With the self-draining cockpit there is no need for bilge pumps or ancillary gear.
Solid timber spars all handcrafted by our experienced shipwrights in Oregon incl bowsprit, Samson post, mast, gaff and boom.
Standing rigging – Dyneema. Stronger and lighter than stainless steel and importantly is soft to touch so won’t scratch your boat when hoisting or lowering mast.
Hardware incl turning blocks and cams are all by Gerhauer.
Running rigging – Double braid polyester
Every control line in the cockpit is designed to make sure that one person can sail the boat with ease. The centre board can be simply lifted or lowered via one control line. The jib sheets are easily handled and simply made fast via a turning block and cam. Careful consideration has gone into every aspect of the control of the sails and rig.
Some excellent options are available for each Amity.
Outboard and Bracket
For auxiliary propulsion we offer a top of the range S/S outboard bracket and outboard engine. A 4hp engine provides ample power to cruise at 5 knots when the wind is not cooperating. We can also provide electric outboard propulsion.
The Nav Pack
Whilst we like to keep everything as simple as possible, we do offer a Navigation Pack for those that may be travelling further afield. The Nav pack comprises a selection of electronics that we have tried and tested and known to be of good quality. The Nav pack is one complete package that includes, top quality sealed 12v GEL 35ah battery and box, all wiring and switch panel with 5x switches and 1 x 12v outlet, Solar panel for topping up your battery, LED anchor light, LED navigation lights, LED cockpit courtesy lights (underdeck), LED light in hold., Compass and light.
To allow the simplest and easiest way to sail your boat, we can fit a small roller furler to the luff of the headsail which makes setting sail a breeze! In addition for those who expect to be heading out in windy conditions we recommend the heavy weather jib, it tacks on to the stem of the bow and is only 5sqm. It comes with its own sheets already bent on and ready for use.
Ideal for those downwind legs, our Jib poles can come in Oregon (to match the other spars) or for that “alternative” look we recommend trying the Bamboo pole – its strong light and looks a little different!
We can provide the following specific covers for your Amity.
- Mast up storage cover – ideal for those who store their boat on a trailer out of the water at a Yacht Club
- Mast down storage cover – ideal for those who trail their Amity home
A slide out helmsman seat, hand crafted in Cedar (light and strong), varnished and on two runners, so it can slide and stow underneath the rear deck when not in use.
Our Amity trailers have been designed in house and are manufactured exclusively for our boats. Our trailers are specifically designed to fit and support the boat to ensure ease of launching and recovery. The trailer is a single axle trailer with brakes. The trailers are custom made for our boats with multiple rollers providing the correct support for travelling. They come fully equipped with a strap winch, LED tail lights, tie down points, alloy wheels, spare wheel and hub.
The combined dry weight of the boat and trailer is approximately 970kg making it towable by a normal sedan.