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What makes a good motorsailer? Mark Bruckmann and Mark Ellis

Mark Bruckmann and Mark Ellis, Bruckmann Yachts, Mississauga, Ontario.

Many sailors are apprehensive about considering the move to a motorsailer, expecting to have to compromise performance for convenience. The ability to travel efficiently under sail or power should be the key requirements for cruising sailors. The modern motorsailer should combine comfort, versatility and, above all, performance.

Mark Ellis (left) and Mark Bruckmann

At Bruckmann Yachts, we believe a motorsailer should be, first and foremost, a swift and balanced bluewater sailer, with the added advantages of excellent speed under power and amenities far beyond those found on most sailing cruisers. The Bruckmann 50 MkII, designed by Mark Ellis, combines all of these attributes and is unrivaled in its class.
The boat’s long waterline, moderate displacement and relatively large sail area efficiently come together for performance that outpaces most cruising sailboats. The ability to windward and excellent balance and stability are hallmarks of the Bruckmann 50. The swept double spreader rig and jib furler, along with the fully battened mainsail reefed and furled in a Leisure Furl boom, provide easy handling, with all sail controls managed from the cockpit.
The standard 200-hp John Deere diesel, along with a large skeg-protected balanced rudder and substantial bow thruster, enable excellent maneuverability and control. The broad, flat hull sections aft increase the buoyancy of the stern, allowing the boat to reach speeds in excess of 10 knots, outperforming most trawlers, while providing a far more comfortable motion in a seaway. The low-revving diesel will easily cruise at 8.5 knots, consuming less than 3 gallons of fuel per hour.
The Bruckmann 50 is specifically designed for maximum efficiency under power, sail or a combination of both. By optimizing the balance of sail and power capabilities, you can achieve trans-Atlantic range while merely sipping fuel. The boat can be piloted from the cockpit as well as from the comfort of the saloon pilothouse. The large pilothouse windows allow excellent visibility from either steering station.
Movement from the cockpit to the pilothouse is effortless, as both are on the same level. The Bruckmann 50 is designed as an all-weather cruiser able to keep her crew comfortable in extremes of both hot and cold climates. In addition to this comfort, the copious volume of storage and tankage make this motorsailer ideal for extended cruising.

Bruckmann Yachts has built 10 of its 50 MK II motorsailers since 2001 and has plans for a 65-footer.

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The article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.


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