Surfari 53 Rendering
Ted Fontaine recently announced his newest design, the Surfari 53. A breakaway from his recognizable classic style, the Surfari 53 opens a new chapter in the Fontaine Design portfolio. At first glance, this new performance cruiser looks part express motoryacht and part sailboat. A closer look, though, reveals more refined aesthetics. The Surfari 53 captures the seamless indoor/outdoor experience that is typical of modern architecture with its full width, single level “outdoor living” platform. Sliding glass doors access the outdoor living area on the same level, further blurring the line between the comfortable indoors and the great outdoors.
On the top of the list of the Surfari 53’s advantages are its racing yacht performance under sail and its motoryacht performance under power. Electrically powered sail handling gear provides fingertip control of the fully battened mainsail, roller furling genoa and furling asymmetrical spinnaker, which flies from a permanent bowsprit. Fontaine estimates downwind speeds under sail of more than ten knots in about 20 knots of wind. Fontaine explains that he “wanted a boat that is fast, that can be handled by one or two people, yet is capable of accommodating family for extended voyages or afternoon adventures, and of course it had to be pretty.” This vision is certainly realized in the Surfari 53.