Nomad - Under SailBy John Kerr

I was immediately impressed with Nomad when I first saw it at the Strictly Sailing Show in Chicago earlier this year. However, looking at it on the show floor did not do the boat as much justice as sailing it did.

In my opinion the Nomad is a perfect boat and easily fits the niche of the Lighting and Thistle classes. I could see this boat compete with the Ideal 18 and imagine it as a solid club racer and trainer.

The Nomad was designed by Bob Ames who specializes in the design and engineering of high performance planning sailboats. I learned from Steve Robinson that the Nomad project headed up by Vanguard's Steve Clark was the result of the blending together of several parameters for a very specific target-the recreational, trailer-able, dry sail sector-perfect for cottages, sailing clubs and sailing schools. But it's just as happy on a mooring and its weight allows easy transportation by most mid -sized vehicles.

This boat can let anyone sail easily, safely, comfortably and when they want, get the thrill of a higher performance boat. There is no sacrifice in performance and, in fact, the sail plan is strictly performance with its asymmetrical spinnaker and North 3DL sails. What impressed me right away was the visibility and load carrying capability. Sitting at the helm one could easily visualize a family of five happily sailing in a very stable boat.

Sail controls are well thought out using two to one purchases on the jib sheets and well placed cleats and halyards to minimize tangled lines and maximize control. The roller furling on the jib is a neat touch allowing one to depower easily. The controls for the centreboard are easily accessible and the board is locked up and down just in case the crew needs to right the boat.

Nomad - on the waterI loved the way this boat handled, easy on the helm and well thought out inside the cockpit. The boat boasts a long waterline and a very fine entry. Coupled with a high aspect ratio centreboard and the large rudder, the Nomad performs well. Our test sail had gusts to 18 knots and lighter breezes and flat water near shore. The use of a compression vang system and a mainsheet lead aft added to the room comfort and safety. At first glance I thought the mainsheet was a bit awkward but after sailing with it I found no differences between it and a traditional rig.

The visibility and interior space was complemented by huge self-draining storage lockers that were also easily accessible. This boat is a good blend of a club trainer racer or a picnic boat. There was little doubt in my mind this boat could be easily launched from any beach and could carry every water toy known to man without getting in the way.

What amazed me is what this boat designer has achieved. Quite frankly Vanguard has managed to balance a myriad of goals into a boat that would keep an old Olympian happy while allowing friends and family to get the rush of the sport of sailing. The other thing I liked for my old banged up knees was the easy ability to brace your feet against the centerboard trunk and lean out when required: I also had no problem jumping to a comfortable wide gunnel. The boat is dry because of the hull flare that gives the deck an additional width over the hull. The cockpit self-bails as well.

We rigged the boat quickly despite the road trip it had been on and were launched and underway in less than 20 minutes. This boats magic too is that it can be rigged and de-rigged by one person easily. The mast is tapered and the halyard lines are clean.

Nomad - SternThe Nomad is currently made in Vanguard's boat building facility in Rhode Island were quality controls are second to none and where access to state of the art manufacturing and design tools ensure a consistent and fair hull.

Originally published in Canadian Yachting's September 2003 issue.

Specifications:
LOA: 17.2'
Beam: 8'
Sail Area: 173 sq ft
Hull Weight: 560 lbs

Destinations

  • Prev
The Moorings has just announced the launch of its newest Caribbean destination, Antigua. 
Toronto sailor and former RCYC coach/sailing instructor Ryan May is now a US coast guard captain ...
Just before the weekly party at Shirley HeightsSunsail staffer Chris Donahue conducts our chart ...
Chartering in the Caribbean conjures up images of turquoise sea, palm fringed beaches and great ...
Since anyone who opens an independent bookstore is at least as brave as a small boat shop owner, I ...
You’re on your way east to the 1000 Islands or the Trent-Severn. By entering north of Prince ...
I have lived in Ontario my whole life but have only recently had the pleasure of visiting the City ...
My trip to the Northwest Passage started long before I boarded the flight to Kangerlussaq with ...
During the summer of 2016, my wife and I cruised through the North Channel in Lake Huron on our ...
It’s like we’ve waved a magic wand and disappeared into a picture perfect painting, our ...

Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations

Shards Top 5 Caribbean DestinationsBy Paul and Sheryl Shard

Do you ever dream about traveling by boat on sparkling tropical seas as winter sets in at home and the weather turns colder and grayer?

We used to.

Then, almost 30 years ago, we decided to take a big step and do our first bareboat charter in the Caribbean to escape the snow and experience a mid-winter sailing adventure in Paradise. (We were novice sailors then.) My husband, Paul, and I shared a boat with friends on that trip, which made it pretty affordable, and we discovered that winter sailing in the Caribbean didn't have to be merely a dream after all. We got hooked.

Read more of the Shards Top 5 Caribbean Destinations...

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
This Photo of the Week sequence from Chris Chahley and Kathy Coyle explains the whole boat thing. ...
The off season is suddenly upon us. Yikes! We need your photos more than ever to keep us thinking ...
One of our most enthusiastic contributors, Rob Dunbar sent us this photo from Halifax.   ...
Checking back into the US was quick and painless. We made the call to Customs but we needed to ...
Two-hundred-year-old homes are what ghost stories are made of, and Beaconsfield Yacht Club (BYC) ...
This time our photos come from Gimli where Katie Coleman Nicoll was on the scene. She’s an ...
Recently we celebrated our country’s 150th anniversary, and in true form thousands of ...
   We left off Part 1 at the year 1914, and will here pick it back up, running through ...
This week’s POTW comes from across the pond. Who knew we had a European audience   ...
Here is our boat anchored at Hockey Stick Bay. We live in a beautiful country.     ...

This brief history of the early days of the LaHave River Yacht Club (LRYC) gives an idea of the DIY enthusiasm of the club’s founders and the unpretentious love of boating motivated them.

The LaHave River Yacht Club is located on the West side of the LaHave River, 12 kilometers south of the town of Bridgewater. Founded with 50 members who held their early get-togethers at the old Drill Hall in Bridgewater, since many of them were also in the Reserves. The first slate of officers was: Commodore - Ed Goudey, Vice Commodore - Fred Surbeck, Rear Commodore - Captain Malcolm Wilkie, Treasurer - Macgregor Miller, Secretary - Victor Killam.

Read More about LaHave River Yacht Club...

 

 

 

Covey Island Boatworks

Covey Island Boatworks It could be said that Covey Island Boatworks put Canada on the map during the early days of wood/epoxy composite boatbuilding. Today the company has diversified into fiberglass commercial fishing vessels, selling inflatable boats and hybrid and electric propulsion systems from facilities in Lunenburg, Riverport and Liverpool. Things were pretty basic back in 1979 when the yard was established on Covey Island, one of the LaHave Islands in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, by John Steele and two partners.

Read More about Covey Island Boatworks....

 

 

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Water has a funny way of making its way into a boat: through through-hulls, stuffing boxes, leaks, ...
 Since the initial article of this column we have identified a wide range of apps and ...
Since the initial article of this series we have looked at the iPad and its use as a marine ...
The moment we all dread. It’s a warm sunny day and you’re out for a cruise. Suddenly ...
For most of us – this is the time to make the most of the boating season – launch and ...
Question: Is it possible to mount, protect and charge your iPad during marine navigation. ...
  Is iNavX the superlative marine navigation app?    
Question: Can I buy generic automotive parts or products for my boat, or should they specify ...
  There is a good deal of hesitancy and lack of understanding as to whether an iPad can ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
Out here on the West Coast with boats in the water year-round, there is one constant activity and ...
In the last edition of this column we took a close look at iRegatta and the advantages it can bring ...
With all the devastation in the eastern Caribbean a natural question to ask is ‘is our boat in that ...
During the heat of summer, many boat owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable ...
A milestone has been reached. The new D13-1000 sees Volvo Penta move into the 1000hp marine leisure ...
  Still looking for the perfect slip for your boat? Look no further!    
Canadian Yachting traveled to Newport to review and sea trial the new MJM 35z.     ...
Erik Pawson Of Watertight Boatworks here in North Vancouver, BC, is really passionate about the ...
Hydro Clean Hull Wash is Canada's first automatic, mechanical hull wash system and the company has ...
For 2017 there were a total of 31 events planned and 2 were cancelled for a total of 29 events. All ...