BARRACUDAYACHTDESIGNBARRACUDA 48’: Barracuda Yacht Design have completed both interior and exterior design for a stylish looking new 48ft/14.5m family orientated performance cruising yacht, currently undergoing construction at Universal Yachts in Seville to CE category A Ocean. Due to Barracuda’s experience with similar yachts and from playing a pivotal role in the Spanish entry on the last two Americas Cup challenges, solid performance will be available from an easily driven hull. A fairly plumb bow, narrow bulb keel (with deep & shallow draught options) and a spade rudder for improved balance, efficiency and easier close-quarters manoeuvrability will add to the sporting pretensions of this handsome looking yacht. The hull and deck will be a sandwich epoxy construction with additional Kevlar in the stressed areas for a generally ‘stiffer’ and better performing hull. This aspect combined with top level deck hardware and ancillary equipment will set the boat quite apart from the normal run of production cruiser-racers. The new 48’ will carry a 9/10ths fractional rig offering an optimum compromise between performance and an easy to handle sail plan. There will be a carbon fibre mast option available and owners will be encouraged to up-grade the quality of their sail cloth in line with the performance potential of the rest of the yacht. The hull moulds were created from CAD drawings using CNC (Controlled Numerical Cutting) for absolute precision. This will be reflected in the structural integrity of the finished hull and will result in a better fit and finish for across all areas of the yacht including the internal joinery.