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Wilderness 1620

 Home-built from plans or kit

Brand:
Schionning
Designed by:
Schionning Designs
Schionning Wilderness 1620
Description:

The Wilderness 1620, introduced in early 2005, is a lightweight, fast cruiser, with a low displacement and slim, easily driven hulls. Like the rest of the Wilderness range, the focus of the design is on performance, seaworthiness and function. Using the kits developed by Schionning for this boat, home and professional builders can produces a sleek and well proportioned craft very quickly, conpared with other methods. The full pre-cut package cuts normal building time by half. Build time can be shortened still more by purchasing the curved deck and cabin roof sections pre-formed.

Accommodation aboard the 1620 is spacious. There is a swim platform aft with a walkway through to the cockpit. Plans for galley up or galley down configurations are available. The forward cabins are huge with plenty of additional lounge or dressing space, and can have en-suite heads.

The Wilderness Range
The Schionning Wilderness range of cruising cats is especially designed for simple and quick home or professional construction. Most of the boats, including the hard chine hulls and the furniture, are built from joining ready-made, pre-glassed balsa or foam cored flat panels, for example, from DuraKore. These can purchased as pre-cut kits, available in several options, for most models in the series.

The range has good load carrying potential as fits its purpose as a cruiser, yet hulls are slender enough at the waterline to give a very good speed potential. A generous bridgedeck clearance helps avoid slamming when sea conditions deteriorate. The hulls are flat bottomed, as natural in a chine catamaran construction. The flat run aft encourages planing but the bottom panel is Veed forward to prevent noisy under-hull slamming. The hulls are also flared forward, on the inside, giving additional buoyancy reserve and thus more safety at sea. The flare also helps to deflect spray from reaching the decks.

Though built mainly of flat panels, the Wilderness range does not have the angular look of a chined boat. Compound curves are strategically incorporated both to improve appearance and to reduce air drag. The deck sections are strip-planked using the already constructed parts as a mould; this allows the decks to be rounded on the turn of the hull. Strip planking the bridgedeck cabin roof also produces similar beneficial curves.

Type:
Performance cruiser
Multihull type:
Catamaran
Construction:
  • Hard chine hulls, bulkheads from pre-glassed balsa or foam DuFlex, flat panels
  • Kit with pre-cut panels for hull and bulkheads are an option
  • Reinforced hull bottoms; Kevlar reinforcing optional
  • Furniture from DuFlex honeycomb panels
  • Strip planked decks and cabin roof
  • Compound curved decks and roof can be purchased preformed
  • Speedy construction with no laminating required to build the hulls
  • The boat can be built in separate sections which are joined later
  • Composite chainplates
  • Many sealed buoyancy compartments
  • Escape hatches
Sails and rigging:
  • Fractional sloop rig
  • Optional carbon fibre mast and boom
  • Single line reefing
  • Furling genoa
  • Furling reacher
Deck layout and gear:
  • Wide flat decks with non-slip surface
  • Targa bar for hoisting dinghy and supporting aerials and solar panels
  • All sail controls run to the cockpit
  • Swim platform aft
Keels, boards and rudders:
Daggerboards
Accommodation:
Typical layout>
Port hull: Head and shower aft; stateroom forward, berths over the bridgedeck
Bridgedeck: Large saloon with large sloping wrap-around window, dinette, ample seating seating; navigation area; galley
Starboard hull: Double cabin aft; heads and shower amidships; double stateroom forward, berths over the bridgedeck
Performance and handling:
  • Slim, low wave drag hulls, 13:1 length:beam ratio
  • Easily handled, fast cruiser, with payload for long-term cruising
  • Very seaworthy, designed for long voyages
  • Under power: 8.5 kts cruise, 10 kts top speed
  • Under sail: 10 kts cruise, 20+ kts top speed
LOA (length overall):
16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)
Beam:
8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)
Hull length-to-beam ratio:
13:1
Draft minimum:
0.56 m (1 ft 10 in)
Windward sail area:
143.00 m² (1539 ft²)
Mast height above deck:
19.5 m (64 ft)
Displacement, lightship (empty):
8600 kg (8.46 tons)
Displacement at design waterline (DWL):
10800 kg (10.63 tons)
Payload:
2200 kg (2.17 tons)
Bridgedeck clearance:
0.92 m (3 ft)
Number of berths:
6-10
Inboard engines:
2
Typical total engine HP:
60
Fuel type:
Diesel
In production:
Plans available
More images:
Schionning Wilderness 1620
Degree of customisation:
Several options
Cost to home-build:
$270000 AUS (approx: £119711 Sterling / 161735 / $237478 US)*
Time to home-build from plans:
7200 hours
Time to home-build from kit:
6200 hours
Designer's/manufacturer's website:
Used boats for sale:
24 boats of this brand currently available!
 

* Exchange rates last updated: Sunday 27th January 2008 19:27 GMT

 
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