'Activator' - Hauraki 45 - Cruiser / Racer (Photos courtesy of Boating New Zealand)
Designed to satisfy the requirements of an experienced Auckland based yachtsman, the 'Hauraki 45' badging of this fast cruiser describes the rich cruising grounds that are available to the population of the 'city of sails'.
The interior reflects the intensive summer family cruising that the yacht will be put to, with a comfortable master cabin with ensuite head and twin guest cabins that can be configured to meet the needs of both a young family and the need to cater for occasional guests. A large galley and dinette area plus a day head occupy the mid sections of the yacht.
The cockpit layout is carefully designed to meet the requirements of sailing with youngsters and with guests who may have little sailing experience, the boat can be readily sailed short handed and the seating is arranged such that guests can be part of the sailing experience without feeling intimidated or 'in the way'.
The alloy mast is fractional rigged, with twin swept spreaders precluding the need for a back stay; the top mast runners intended only for serious off shore work, rather than local round the buoys or short course racing.
The sail plan once more echoes the requirements for easy short handed sailing, with self tacking headsails, a snuffer launched and retrieved gennaker and a simple main sheet system that relies on a high load hydraulic vang controlling the stiff, carbon fibre boom rather than a traveller.
Construction is well proven strip planked cedar, with epoxy and stitched triaxial E-glass skins, for a stiff, quiet and relatively low cost hull. Decks are specified in epoxy/glass sheathed ply/foam/ply. The first vessel was built at Vaudrey Miller Yachts Ltd