The Nonsuch 260 was designed to provide an affordable entry level boat while still maintaining high quality. The design parameters of this new generation Nonsuch called for a significant increase in performance and stability whilst retaining the tried and tested, simple, easy to handle, catboat rig. In addition, the newly designed 260 sports a carbon-fiber, freestanding mast and wishbone boom developed from America's Cup research. With many standard features normally counted as extras on other yachts, the Nonsuch 260 certainly stands out in a crowd. This yacht has two spacious cabins, a separate head with shower and wash basin with hot and cold pressure water plus a galley to please any chef. The 260 has generous storage space in wardrobes, lockers and shelves. These, as with all the cabinetry and joinery are finished to the highest standards using hand-rubbed teak. Hinterhoeller Yachts' Nonsuch Some of the most experienced yachtsmen in sailing own and enjoy a Nonsuch. Gordon Fisher, racing yachtsman and defender of Canada's Cup, conceptualized Nonsuch from the basic need for a sturdy, safe, fast, family sailboat that he could race without a crew. To maximize this concept, the elimination of all problem areas was essential. Jibs, genoas, spinnakers, stays, and shrouds were totally eliminated. After rediscovering the catboat, Fisher and designer Mark Ellis asked George Hinterhoeller, Canada's prestigious boat builder, to build four Nonsuch 30s in 1977. The results were astonishing. The boats were not only remarkably well balanced in all conditions, but they were superior to many racing machines. Those with experience quickly recognized just why the boat worked so well and how simple it would be to sail. By 1983, the Edgarton Nonsuch Regatta in Martha's Vineyard, MA attracted fifty Nonsuch participants. In 1985, over one hundred Nonsuch boats participated in a rendezvous hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Canada. In 1987, the World Championships attracted over one hundred participants from Canada, the Chesapeake, New England, and the West Coast. As well, over one hundred Nonsuch sailboats raced in four classes in the 1989 World's in Kingston, Ontario. The simple rig works efficiently on the basis that less is more. The same technology used to design an airplane wing is used to support the Nonsuch mast high in the air. Both the wishbone boom and the mast are made of carbon fiber, and the mast is one section, woven seamlessly from continuous long fibers on a mandrel, making it extremely strong and slightly flexible. Designed to flex, the need to stay the mast under tremendous compressive loads is eliminated. This mast spills wind from sudden gusts, allowing Nonsuch to sail on her lines and maintain a responsive helm. No burying the rail. No weather helm. No stays, turnbuckles, or shrouds. By eliminating shrouds and stays, a wishbone boom can be used. This special boom holds the sail when furled or reefed in its own cradle lines, eliminates the need for a traveler or vang, and flattens the sail perfectly by pushing both down and aft, creating a perfect upwind sail shape. The wishbone does not impede the shape of the sail like a regular boom, so the Nonsuch excels to windward. When reaching, the sail is let way out. The sail is trimmed to the end of the wishbone, not to the side of the boat (a genoa is trimmed to the side of the boat). This special boom allows a perfect sail shape along the full length of the sail, not just the forward portion, such that the boat is driven forward and not over on its side. No more rail in the water. Another wishbone advantage is the sail shape attained when running down wind. Trimmed 90 degrees or more (remember, no shrouds), a maximum sail area allows the boat simply to be pointed at the next mark. No gibing down wind. No spinnakers. Just good boat speed and a steady helm. A Nonsuch is fast, too. World records for sailing speed have been accomplished by one man holding a wishbone boom, one sail, and an unstayed mast. Sound familiar Same rig, smaller boat. However, the Nonsuch is no surfboard. Nonsuch's long waterline, fin keel, and balanced rudder combine with her very efficient rig to provide an exceptionally fast, safe, and weatherly cruising sailboat. There is really nothing new here. The unstayed mast has driven most of the small work boats of the world for centuries. The wishbone boom is probably even older. The catboat has been, since 1840, the American work boat and family sailboat. New materials - such as carbon fiber, stable sail fabric, and the incredible strength of reinforced plastics - have allowed the best ideas of the past to gel into a better idea for the future. The accommodations made possible by the elimination of chainplates and midship structural bulkheads provide a typical catboat interior. Uniquely spacious and uncluttered, the vast amount of extra space is lent to special storage, deep drawers, wide hanging lockers, galley cabinets, and counter space. Private forward staterooms with a chest of drawers, heads with a stall shower, and gourmet galleys are the hallmark of Nonsuch. All Nonsuch interiors are joined in matched grain teak finished with many coats of hand rubbed satin varnish. Carrying the Nonsuch beam all the way aft provides a flat run for speed. It also provides great inherent stability. The extra plus, however, is the size of the cockpit. Deep, dry, safe, and uncluttered, the Nonsuch cockpit is really another room. Constantly hosting cocktail parties for a dozen or more may be the only drawback. Sailing a Nonsuch - After leaving the dock or mooring, the dock lines, fenders and sail cover are stowed and the halyard is attached to the sail. - Release the choker line. (This line serves the same function as a typical outhaul.) Release the mainsheet and head the boat directly to windward. - Raise the sail by pushing the electric winch button (standard on 324 and 354), tighten the choker line if sailing to windward, adjust the mainsheet and turn off the engine. - To change from one point of sail to another, one simply turns the wheel. - Reefing is a matter of easing off the choker line and the mainsheet so the sail is luffing away from the boat - preferably a beam reach; the entire sail plan is now visible and the reefing process can be observed. Slowly release the halyard while pulling down on the single reef line. When this line is tight, snug up the halyard. (Single line reefing is now standard.) The sail is now reefed and the unused portion of the sail lies in the wishbone cradle lines. Reset the choker line to proper tension for the desired point of sail and sheet in. The task is complete - all from the cockpit and in short order. - To shake out the reef, ease the choker, release the sheet and single reef line and rehoist the halyard. The reef is out. - When sailing off the wind in a Nonsuch, the sail is treated as a jib on a sloop. It should be eased as much as possible without luffing. Subtle changes in sail shape are important to boat speed and fun to experiment with. It is a learning process and enjoyment is found in making the boat perform. - When finished sailing, head to windward, release the choker line and halyard. The sail will drop into the cradle lines and the boat can be headed home.
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