Belle Boats has released new sketches and information on the proposed 20’6″ gaff sloop Belle 20.5:
Simply put, Belle 20.5 is a 20’6″ centerboard cruising sailboat incorporating many elements from the 16ft Belle daysailer. Like Belle, she’s a shallow centerboarder for the pleasure of gunkholing and ease of trailering. Her epoxy-lapstrake hull should be pleasing to look at and, using epoxy glues, quite lightweight and leakproof. Inspired by Belle, the Belle 20.5’s simple gaff sloop rig should be easy to handle and offer a good turn of speed in most conditions. Angled varnished coamings and wide slatted seats make for a comfortable cockpit. The seats are quite wide and over 7ft long, excellent for snoozing or fair-weather sleeping. Boom tent optional. A 2-5hp outboard (gas or electric) can be stored in the aft well or under a seat.
Belle 20.5 is the first of two designs inspired by the original Belle daysailer. I’m foreseeing a three-boat range of Belle designs:
- 16ft daysailer (Belle)
The original. Pure daysailer.
- 18'9" daysailer/cruiser (Belle 19)
Daysailer with cuddy. Just enough room for a small V-bunk.
- 20'6" cruiser (Belle 20.5)
Lavish cruising accomodations for two!
See the link above for sketches and more information. Of course, just contact me with any questions.
—Daniel Gonneau, Designer/Builder