Classic Boat: January – 2017
Lake Constance Pilot Cutter | New Classics
Nearly all builders of spirit-of-tradition yachts harp on about simplicity – and with reason – ease of use is the mainstay of most modern boats’ appeal. Simplicity and speed were at the top of Swiss boatbuilder Stefan Züst’s list when he went to compatriot naval architect Jonas Panacek for a new boat. The result is a yacht whose looks are inspired by a British pilot cutter, but with the underbody of an out-and-out racer. The simplicity brief goes as far as flush decks and a complete lack of winches, enabled by the cutter rig that divides headsail area, and the use of ball-bearing races in the blocks.