Pop 25 - The shortcut in obtaining a cruising sailboat

There is nothing more frustrating than having a dream that can’t be achieved. Cruising under sail is an activity that can bring endless pleasure, however it might be a distant dream for many.

Owning a proper offshore cruising sailboat is not an easy endeavour for those with a short budget. Working in yacht design teaches us that heaps of cruising lovers of all ages just dream with owning a proper cruising sailboat, having no idea on how to make their dream come true.

Since we love cruising as much as we love designing, it is fantastic trying to democratize cruising under sail. The shortcut we can conceive is designing for amateur construction. It was with this idea in mind that we designed the Pop 25, a cheap, easy to build project, specified with a unique building technique that allows seeing the result of the work in very short time.

Our purpose was to design a twenty-five footer fit for ocean passages. However some sort of compromise had to be achieved, since there is no miracle. Being small means being cheap and simpler to make. It is like owing a compact car. You haven’t much room to spare, but you are free to go anywhere. The tricks we had to overcome to provide the proper craft for the job was to ensure seaworthiness, acceptable headroom in the saloon, above average fresh water tank capacity, excellent sleeping accommodation, natural ventilation and adequate thermal insulation. Add to these features auxiliary electric propulsion and the ability to accomplish hull maintenance for free in any place where tide range surpasses 1.10m, and we had reasons to believe we had achieved our goal.

Being able to accomplish hull under-body maintenance without having to pay for that is priceless. If this boat is capable of crossing oceans in safety and comfort, besides being cheap and easy to build, then it may represent a benchmark in cruising sailboat design.

Our message was captured by many cruising enthusiasts in different countries. The Pop 25 class is becoming the present blockbuster stock plan of the office. No matter where you are from, the appeal of the design for its offshore capability at an affordable cost is there to bewitch you. Why going nowhere if you can go wherever you fancy in an easy to build, low cost twenty-five footer.

A good example of the enthusiasm for the design is the construction of Konquest by the Shurhaus brothers, in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil. They are having great fun in building their boat. When constructing the navigation table they took the care to put an inlaid compass rose in the centre of the table’s lid, a gesture representing the ultimate enjoyment they are profiting from their work.

A proper offshore cruising sailboat deserves having a proper navigation table. The Pop 25 is particularly well served in this respect. The navigator seats facing forward, there is a bulkhead where radar monitor and chart plotter can be installed, besides possessing a large locker to store paper charts. The inlaid compass rose decorating the table’s lid shows well how the Shurhaus brothers are enjoying their construction. Courtesy: Marcelo Schurhaus.

How many sailboats of this size have quarter berths as large as the Pop 25 ones? Courtesy: Marcelo Schurhaus.

Another example of dedication is the construction of Hayal, being built by Selim Karahan and his father in Turkey. Being totally inexperienced in boat building, they are now concluding their construction, a challenge they are overcoming with great excitement. The local interest for the launching must be great, since there are various other builders of Pop 25 in that country.

Hayal must be concluded by now. This photo is about two months old. The Karahans are installing a Yanmar 2YM sail-drive diesel engine instead of the electric motor specified in the plans. On their request we made the plan for the installation of this auxiliary diesel which we delivered to them as courtesy. Photo: Selim Karahan.

We follow with regularity the progress of our builders who edit blogs to show their work. One of them is Rancho Alegre, being built by Francisco Aydos in Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brasil. This Pop 25 is also in the final stage of construction and soon will be sailing.

Rancho Alegre is in the last stages of construction, having its interior already concluded and all custom fittings, including the keels, ready to be installed. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos.

Francisco opted for the Volvo D1-13 sail-drive diesel engine instead of electric auxiliary propulsion. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos.

Rancho Alegre is missing very little work to be completed. The two steel keels had been protected against corrosion by hot-deep galvanization, a guaranty of dozens of years of rust-free life. The possibility to build the bulbs in a lathe is another advantage of the Pop 25 specifications. Courtesy: Francisco Aydos.

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