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2000 Passport Stellar 52

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The Stellar 52 is a textbook example of the conservative and moderate approach to modern cruising yacht forms. Oriented towards comfort in the most demanding of offshore conditions, the Stellar 52 began life as an S&S design which was given significant hull modifications by designer Robert H. Perry. These included increasing beam and displacement aft by moving the LCB and LCF aft. While any boat might cruise offshore, experienced passagemakers gravitate towards boats with a displacement - length ratio in the middle to upper range, i.e. 250 to 300. Moderate displacement combined with moderate beam and a high deadrise type midsection produces a boat with a soft motion and excellent ultimate stability while not sacrificing initial stability in the ambient heeling ranges. The deep midsection also provides volume below the sole for tankage and general storage. By virtue of its shape, this deep midsection also contributes the structural panel stiffness of the bottom. For the serious cruiser this approach to moderate, proportioned hull design has another particular advantage. With displacement - length ratios over 250, it is possible to design a strong, single skin, solid laminate for the hull and have the luxury of enough displacement left over to afford a decent ballast - displacement ratio. This means the hull of the Stellar 52 is thick, durable, and strong. It is generally accepted that solid laminates are more forgiving to point loading and penetration than are sandwich style laminates. The end result is vastly improved long-term durability over sandwich type laminates. The Stellar is in keeping with the tough structural scantlings established by the conservative S&S office. While some light hulls are more suited to super hull speed planing and surfing performance, this may be of negligible value for the long distance cruiser. This might be considered a matter of sailing style. This boat has sufficient fore and aft rocker combined with high deadrise in the veed bow sections to resist pounding even in a steep head sea. The freeboard and generous overhangs will contribute to keeping the boat dry. The fin keel is well filletted at the leading and trailing edges. This means that the basic structure is very strong with little chance of any point loading in the critical keel junction with the canoe body at either end. The long keel fin and skeg hung rudder will contribute to directional stability. The Stellar is offered with a custom interior option for the owner who would like to tailor the layout to an individual style. The designer will work closely with any owner wanting to personalize the layout. With the raised salon version, eight inches have been added to the overall height of the house for more of an open and airy feeling below. By raising the cabin sole 6 inches, the designer has given the Stellar 52 the chance of a true inside steering station. Both deck versions will continue to be offered. The rig of the Stellar has been reworked to bring it into line with current trends that optimize the use of furling jibs. A boat of this size works best with a standard sloop - cutter rig. This configuration allows the sailor to get the maximum versatility out of a small headsail inventory. The "hands-off" cruising sailor could carry 130 percent genoa and staysail both on furling gear to optimize convenience. The joinerwork quality of the Stellar can be held up to any international standard. The fit and finish is impeccable and on a par with world class custom yacht building practices and tolerances.
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