Furia’s heiress. Dreams do not sink.

After giving it a long thought and communicating with readers of the Furia blog, I decided to resume the blog, though under different name krone-1.com, incorporating the name of my new boat, which I hope to be a worthy Furia heiress.

Almost five months have passed since my beloved Furia is on the bottom of the ocean alongside with many of my plans an dreams. Alongside sank also the missed victory of my friends Mihail Kopanov and Dian Zaykov in the Ostar/Twostar 2017, which was supposed to regenerate the past glory of the Bulgarian transoceanic sail racing. Following the initial stress, the relief that my friends are safe and sound and the following shock, grief and disappointment, I spent a summer not too exciting. And I was supposed together with Dian to sail the return passage from Newport to the Baltic and then to sail one or two season in Furia’s home waters, because this was my cherished plan. Instead, during work and leisure time, I was mingling with conceptions for my next boat. Whether she must be of a more conservative breed like a working Hungarian horse, the kind of the Swedish Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, Malö, Linjett, the British Rustler or the Dutch almost unknown at home Contest, Breehorn, Victoire? Or should she be a more performance oriented Swedish built like Arcona, Swedestar? I was also making efforts to get attracted to aluminum boats (Koopmans, Atlantic, Allures, Ovni, Garcia, Boreal), fearless and indestructible like Titanic. The problems with these predominantly heavy displacement boats as well as the aluminium voyaging boats are two: the first one is obvious – their price is higher per kilogram and besides all boats in the size range I am looking for (11-12 meters) would have displacement of over 7-8 tons. An their prices are fearsome. To order a new one is simply impossible considering that my budget is defined by the insurance money I received for Furia. And to buy a used one I would probably have to look back to a boat built in the last decade of the XX century and to swallow the cost and time of a major refit. The second more important IMHO problem is that these are boats whose heavy displacement and price create only an illusion of safety. Being heavy they require heavier standing rigging and oversized equipment. Their downwind sailing in big waves and high winds is much more difficult and dangerous, therefore they prefer passive tactics when coping with heavy weather. And during all those windless days in the Med (someone named it Motorterranean) you would be forced to rely on your motor a great deal of time. besides, all these type of boats do not inspire me The second problem (and, I think, the more important) is that these are vessels whose weight and cost only create an illusion of safety. Because they are heavy, they require a larger sail area, which in turn requires oversized standing rigging Na d equipment. Downwind sailing in heavy weather is difficult and dangerous the fore they require passive storm tactics, while in light winds (аs the ones we have during the mornings in the Mediterranean known also as Motorterranean) you need to switch on the engine. And among other things, this type of yachts is not my heart. And I do not want them, even if I could afford them. (If I had the cash, I would have picked up some Carbonian Italian trendy boat like Wally. Let us also remember that there are no bulletproof boats for Neptune. The storm during this year’s Ostar / Tuestar, which destroyed six yachts (including the Furia), did not spare some heavy displacement hulls. Neptune doesn’t care.

And that’s why I came back to my own concept, which even not shared by others, is the right one – a lighter yacht with good sailing qualities, no claim to an exceptional racer (actually I am not a racer) , to be relatively well built, and when I look at her to turn me on. Under no circumstances should she be designed from the inside out, where the important thing is the space below the deck and the boatbuilders to respond to the demand (and illusion) of the average buyer that he acquires a floating house. Whoever wants something like that, to collect a buck of money and buy a catamaran and a bigger one. Then he will have a fast and comfortable vessel. Recall that in last year’s Atlantic Rally 2016, Stefan Akbarov was second with his Katana 531 “Agalina”. In the future,catamarans will become more and more popular.

By voluntarily depriving myself of space below the deck, it does not mean that the interior is indifferent to me. I prefer to be Scandinavian, but not the Ikea type.

For me defining the essential features of my future yacht and in this sequence are: 1. Sailing performance; 2.Seawothiness; 3. Beauty and 4. Convenience. In my opinion, 1 and 2 go hand in hand and complement each other, because when Neptune hits hard with his trident and things get tough (I do not mean extreme conditions), a lighter actively sailedyacht will do better than the passive heavy-displacement horse. Probably many of you think the opposite and you can argue on this point. But I think that Misho Kopanov has something to say in support of my thesis.

3 and 4, however, are antipodes – if you want more grace, you will be deprived of space, and I am on the principle of better grace than space!

Given these preferences, Furia’s heiress had to bear her genes – a lighter and narrower hull, a deep “performance” keel with a low center of gravity, a deep spade rudder, low freeboard and less weight above the waterline, an easy-to-handle sail area, enough amenities without claiming a second home and last but not least – to be beautiful.

And I found Her. She is already a fact and She is mine. And that’s the reason to resume this blog. She is called “Krone 1”, which in Danish means “Crown One”. And I think Furia would recognize her as her worthy heiress.

But before I describe Her, I have to write one last post about Furia in the “di mortuis aut bene o nihil” style. And because I can’t manage it since tears fill my eyes are filled and am not able to the find the best words, I will quote the epitaph on the Marcus Moser blog, an extraordinary Swiss sailor who sails the toughest ocean itineraries, completely alone in his beautiful sailing palace called “Lifgun”, a Luffe 45 and Furia much bigger brother. Following is a quote from his blog:

RIP Furia
June 26, 2017
Furia was the small sister of Lifgun, a Luffe 37 which was much more cheeky thаn Lifgun. Everybody knows how small sisters are… They sail further, they sail at least with same speed if not faster…. Furia sunk on June 10 east of Newfoundland  in the wild Atlantic. Thanks God the two crew has been saved.  At the time she passed away, Furia was leading the twostar race in her category and was the second boat over all. Which is a great achievement for a 37 feet boat. As always we should try to remember the good things – in Furia’s case this is not difficult. Seems that Lifgun now have to wander alone over the oceans. Fare well Furia.

You follow Marcus’s blog, intelligently written in telegraph style, here

After this heartbreaking epitaph, in the next post that I wrote in the summer, but did not publish it, I hope to bring a more joyful atmosphere to meet in my third post Her Majesty, the Danish Queen “Krone 1″.

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