Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Design 2657 - Blue Sky Messenger

This unique sailing yacht was designed with some special requirements from her owner. She sports a free standing mast which was marketed as an Aerorig. In addition she is designed with a lifting keel, twin rudders (for reduced draft) and an extremely large tender garage.

We've designed 2 yachts with the Aerorig. It's an interesting concept. The mast rotates through a couple of large bearings: one at the mast partners and one at the mast step. It's an efficient setup for short handed sailing. Downwind one rotates the entire sail plan.

She was built in composites by CNB (Construction Navale Bordeaux) of France and launched in 2001.

Here is an image at her launch. One can see the keel in the retracted position and the twin rudder setup.

Here are the plans.

Note cockpit is completely devoid of winches.

Here are some interior photographs.


Lower Salon and Galley

Owner's Stateroom

Guest Cabin

Principal Characteristics
LOA 65'-0"
LWL 57'-11"
Beam 17'-5"
Draft 6'-0" (keel up) 11'-5" (keel down)
Displacement 69,312 lbs
Sail Area 1,957 sq ft


  1. Greetings, If you are interested in more information and photos about the S/V Blue Sky Messenger, please come visit her website at http://mysite.verizon.net/res1682ph
    -Richard & Margaret Suslick

  2. Blue Sky Messenger website is