Richard Edlin, boat builder and designerMatakohe, North Auckland, New Zealand
Crewcial Fix - Continued from Pg1.
Stand up Nav station conceals the fridge & freezer This type of locker is essential for family cruising where the accumulation of bits and pieces is often a cause for storage difficulties. Two more lockers are situated under the cockpit seats; one for gas, the other for storage. All sail controls are led to a pair of jammer banks on the coachroof which are serviced by two Harken 40 winches. Cockpit crew are aided by two Harken 40 secondary winches and a pair of two-speed Harken 42 primaries.

The companionway is a good width and leads to a cosy interior. Just inside the companionway on the starboard side are the engine instruments and ignition. Although handy for cruising, this is a risky position considering the vulnerability of the area to salt water, particularly when sailing in outer coastal and offshore waters. The interior is finished in a cream lacquer with navy blue upholstery by 8MG Upholstery. Rounded corners give a soft, modern appearance. The main saloon has a U-shaped settee with a permanently fixed table. On either side of the main saloon are pipe berths that can be used for storage or accommodation. Two built-in water tanks with a combined capacity of 400 litres are situated under the main saloon seating. To starboard of the companionway is a private aft cabin, something rarely seen on a 35 foot yacht, but a full length main saloon berth has been sacrificed for this. To port is another double berth and the galley, which is equipped with a two-burner gas stove and oven and a large stainless sink with hot and cold pressure water. Storage in the galley is more than adequate. For'ard of the private cabin is the stand-up nav area which has a GPS, VHF, stereo and barometer.
Also in the nav area are the fridge and freezer units. The head area is for'ard of the main bulkhead on the port side. Here the for'ard topside flare has created a lot of space. There is no shower in the head, Maddren instead preferring one in the cockpit. Opposite the head are two lockers: one for storage, the other a hanging locker for wet weather gear. In the forepeak is a another double berth.

The engine is a Yanmar 3Ohp sail drive which, Edlin jokes, is an excellent engine but susceptible to small eels. Shortly after launching the engine overheated and when the water pump was stripped down it was discovered a small eel had entered through the intake and blocked the pump. All engineering was done by Pinzon Marine Engineering. Under sail, Crewcial Fix has benefited from Edlin's experience with Voodoo Lounge; the bulb keel has been moved aft slightly to improve performance and handling. A long run down the harbour under gennaker gave us time to get a feel for the boat before pressing it hard on a shy reach. When pressed, the helm was not heavy but certainly positive. With good trimming, Crewcial Fix should not provide too many headaches on this point of sail. Although we had only a number two headsail when a number one would have been more appropriate, Crewcial Fix felt powerful upwind and maintained a speed of around seven knots. Fridge & freezer under the Nav StationOn the helm upwind, the boat felt balanced and stability was affected little by crew weight off the rail. My impression was that upwind performance would be the boat's forte.
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