Jun 26, 2018

New Grainger "Raku 32": High Performance Sport Cruiser

After an initial 30' Sport cruiser concept Tony Grainger presented past January based on some feedback I sent him.  Lots of people interested in the project, and Tonty has received plenty of additional comments andhas been working to develop it further.

Improvements on lenght and disposition have been made by Tony & his team from the first concepts and built kits now will be available, so for complete details on the project visit www.graingerdesigns.net or contact Tony directly at graingerdesigns@gmail.com
Raku 32 Renders & presentation below sent by Tony Grainger:

Frustrated in the search for a cruiser that has enough pizazz to make you want to get out of bed in
the morning? Raku 32 is on a mission to break down the barriers between a cruiser and a high
performance day sailing cat. We've set out to create the kind of boat that helps you to remember
what got you inpired to take up sailing in the first place.

The inspiration for Raku 32 came from Martin Vanzulli who held the vision of a compact coastal
cruiser that could comfortably handle the shallow and sometimes choppy waters of the Rio de la
Plata, but also deliver on the fun factor. Martin published the initial design (then called the
Grainger 30) in Cat Sailing News in January 2018 and since then we've worked to refine the layout
and functionalities of the design. The change from 30' to 32' LOA is a story on it's own that you
can see on our web site www.graingerdesigns.net

Raku 32 has inherited a host of design features from our race boats and larger cruising cats.
There's 1.6m of headroom under the cabin top and 1.8m below in the hulls.

She features 650mm of wing clearance, a generous payload, streamlined bows for for low
windage and easy wave penetration. Raku 32 has an open saloon with space for two queen size
double berths and seats large enough for a couple of single berths. There's another single berth
below in the forward cabin and another ocassional berth aft. There's a galley, a nav station and a
fully enclosed bathroom, all with full standing headroom. When you're not on board the saloon is
easily closed off with washboards that stow in the seats
Materials and Construction

We've teamed up wtih two leading composites companies to make Raku 32 available in kit form
using their state of the art DuFlex panels in combination with West System resins, Diab's PVC
cores and a range of fabrics in glass and carbon.

DuFlex kits and composite materials will be available world wide from ATL Composites in Australia
and VDL Compostites in Germany. Plans and detailed building instructions will be provided by
Grainger Designs. CE compliant engineering will be available with the plans.
Over the coming months we'll be working with marine professionals in various countries to provide
a range of moulded components and professional services to complement the kits and allow
Raku owners to start their project at the basic kit stage or order a professionally finished boat
ready to sail.

Contact Grainger Designs for detailed specifications, pricing and availability.


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