Bora-Bora 28 Flor Dágua, a symbol of perfect happiness
Gunk-holing in a tropical sea shore, passing over shallow sandbanks or coral heads aboard an open-bridged cat without causing any harm to its bottom can be one of the most exhilarating sailing experiences one can try out with a cruising sailboat.
Different from central cabin cats, the Bora-Bora 28 has sleeping accommodations, galley, heads and dinette inside each hull, while lateral resistance and steering control are provided by pivoting centerboards and rudders. These features contribute for a light displacement boat with a very small draught, (scants 0.28m – 11”) when the appendices are lifted.
The decision to design a catamaran with such characteristics was taken when Astrid Barros, our PhD in computational fluid dynamics, was still graduating in naval architecture. She had the chance to take part in the Recife to Fernando de Noronha Island Regatta, a very popular three-hundred miles offshore race run annually in the South Atlantic, aboard a multihull with an all women crew, when her boat was the second to cross the line, loosing the first position in the last minutes of the race to a much larger multihull, the absolute favorite for the event.
That achievement resulted in a preference for multihull sailboats, which impelled her to decide for designing an innovative catamaran.
Astrid, wearing a white shirt, is the second from right assisting hoisting the mainsail of the trimaran Bahia during the 2002 Recife to Fernando de Noronha race. For the second place in the race, the girls were awarded a six burner stove, one burner for each crewmember.
At that time B & G Yacht Design office had no multihull in its collection of stock plans, so the developing of the design, having Astrid as project manager, happened in an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, including the intention of building one of these boats for her own use. She wished to sail along the tropical Brazilian coats, which stretches in a succession of coastal lagoons separated from the ocean by coral reefs accessible to shallow draught boats only.
The resulting design, specified for the plywood/epoxy building method, was totally turned towards amateur construction. With symmetric double-chine narrow hulls held together by two quite easy to make box-like wooden beams and a flat platform, it was the simplest solution she could envisage for an inexperienced amateur to build.
Other priorities deterred Astrid from building her own boat at the time; however this didn't matter so much, since, as soon as the Bora-Bora 28 was introduced in our list of stock plans, it began stirring a great interest in the nautical community and sold various copies in a run.
Our most enthusiastic client came from Bahia, a state in the northeast region of Brazil, a very popular cruising destination for many Europeans, particularly French sailors.
Carlos Mario Pedregal, a businessman of Spanish origin, found in the touristic city of Salvador the best place in the world to live in. Being the first to acquire the plans, in spite of never having built a boat before, he constructed Flor D'água in record time, making the whole work almost unassisted. He chose the Bora-Bora 28 intending to take part in local races, to cruise with his family, and above all, to beach his cat's bows in the pristine white palm fringed sand beaches typical of that region, and he found out that the Bora-Bora was the best boat for those purposes.
In September 2005 Flor D'água took part in the Recife to Fernando de Noronha race, when she had the opportunity to show her speed potential, being among the firsts to cross the line, and following, won the Fernando de Noronha to Natal Regatta, the race created to take the participants back to the continent.. After sailing more than one thousand miles in the open sea, Flor D'água returned to Salvador, where Carlos Mario began his second phase of usage, profiting from the cruising potential of his boat. The exploits he managed to accomplish with his boat is capable of letting any cruising sailor with his mouth watering.
The best place to “park” your boat on a Sunday holiday
Happy children, happy sailing
The water might be warm, but the beer is ice-cold
There is room aboard the Bora-Bora 28 for any fantasy.
The capacity of reducing draught is becoming an important feature in many cruising areas.
The Bora-Bora 28 heads is quite roomy