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The Surfari 48 Sets Sail

Ted Fontaine designed the high-performance cruising yacht.

June 7, 2018
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Surfari 48
The Surfari 48 has 808 square feet of mainsail area. Total sail area is 1,324 square feet. This yacht has twin 80-horsepower Yanmar JH 80 diesel engines. Images Courtesy Fontaine Design Group/by Onne van der Wal

Fontaine Design Group, working with Friendship Yacht Co., has launched the Surfari 48.

The Surfari 48 is a high-performance cruising yacht that’s designed to function like a racing yacht under sail, and like a motoryacht under power, with twin 80-horsepower Yanmar JH 80 diesel engines pushing her to a speed of 10 knots.

Single-level living
It’s single-level living from the swim platform through the cockpit into the deck salon space. Images Courtesy Fontaine Design Group/by Onne van der Wal

She has a single-level main deck, which the designer says is unique in the sailing yacht market.

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Centerline helm station with 360-degree views
The Surfari offers 360-degree views from the centerline helm station. Images Courtesy Fontaine Design Group/by Onne van der Wal

Composite construction is intended to keep weight down and enhance performance. A carbon-fiber mast and boom are also part of the design spec, with what Fontaine calls push-button sailing systems for ease of handling.

Hydraulic and electric sail-control systems handle sheeting and furling the mainsail and genoa, in a nod to the singlehanded capabilities of Fontaine’s Friendship 40 and 53 designs.

High-performance cruising yacht
The yacht is designed as a high-performance cruising yacht. Image Courtesy Fontaine Design Group/by Onne van der Wal

Options that owners can select: fixed or lifting keel; one-, two- or three-stateroom layout; various cockpit arrangements.
www.fontainedesigngroup.com

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Quick Specs:

LOA: 48’7″
Beam: 14’6″
Draft: 6’5″
Displ.: 34,798
Ballast: 9,900 pounds
Fuel Cap.: 250 gal.
Water Cap.: 250 gal.
Engine: 2/ 80 hp Yanmar JH 80 diesels
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