img2350A rainy first day at the Annapolis Sailboat Show didn't dampen the spirits of several thousand sailors, who came out on VIP day, Thursday October 10 (read: you're a VIP if you pay $25, $10 more than on Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

One of the big attractions of the show is looking at new boats. Sailing World and Cruising World do their Boat of the Year testing shortly after the show, and all the entrants are on display.

One boat making its world debut in Annapolis is the Vanguard Nomad. Hull numbers 1 and 2 are at the show, with production beginning this fall and deliveries scheduled for the beginning of the new year.

img2349The Nomad is touted as a performance daysailer, and it certainly looks like one. The flared deck is reminiscent of the RS300, a British-built singlehander, but while a fast-moving, experience sailor could singlehand the Nomad, this is a boat for up to six people.

The Nomad isn't cartoppable at 650 pounds, but it's easily trailerable with its retractable centerboard. That's an all-up weight, the hull owes its relatively light weight of 550 lbs. to a cored construction. The deck is similarly constructed.

Hulls #1 and 2 at the show were configured with the optional asymmetrical spinnaker, set from a retractable sprit. Sail size for the spinnaker hasn't been finalized yet; sail area for the mainsail and jib is 172 sq. ft. The sails are North 3DL, another feature that betrays this daysailers' performance potential. Mast and boom are aluminum from Proctor. Deck hardware is from Harken.

img2348There are no trapeze wires or hiking straps, this boat won't be confused with a 49er or Vanguard's Vector skiff. The Nomad seeks to fill the niche between skiff sailing and family daysailing, putting a big performance jump on the Daysailors from O'Day and others that many of us grew up sailing.

Retail pricing for the boat with all sails, including spinnaker, and trailer is $12,500. We're looking forward to hearing what the testers from Sailing World have to say about the boat.


LOA17' 2"
Draft (with centerboard down)4'2"
Sail area172 sq ft. (main and jib)
Hull weight550 lbs.
Rigged weight650 lbs.

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Portsmouth RI 02871
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