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Fortissimo is perhaps the finest example of the IC 37 class.
Built with class approved twin steering wheels, instead of the tiller, she provides helm and crew ergonomics not available with the tiller. With a turn ratio set for instant response and minimal movement, she is able to react equally to the tiller version. By not having to look down while stepping over the tiller when tacking or gybing, the helms-person can keep their eyes outside the boat, thus gaining tactical position, or responding to instant sea or wind changes. The boat can be changed to a tiller version if desired.
Beautifully built by Fibre Mechanics in Lymington, England, which is one of the finest composite boat builders in the world.
Every class upgrade has been done to the boat to ensure ultimate class performance.
She has a second keel with a draft of 7' for non class racing. Custom designed by Mark Mills, this keel allows the boat to race in shallower water and also has potential rating benefits under certain rating rules.
ABOUT THE IC37 CLASS
The Joy of Racing Reimagined
From the very beginning, the IC37 Class was developed to create a racing experience unlike any other. The boat itself is innovative and elegant in a thoughtfully simple way. One set of three sails for all conditions, a rig designed to trim and go, only essential instruments. And yet, remarkable performance in all conditions.
But the IC37 is more than just a new boat. It is an innovative amateur one-design class designed to race with a crew of family and friends. Men and women. Young and not so young. Sailors who race for the love and joy of the sport.
And all making possible what many sailors seek: the opportunity to test their preparation, skill, and teamwork on the most level playing field available. Which is why the IC37 is the boat of choice for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Canada’s Cup.
The racing is fast, fun, furious — and most of all, joyful.
Having raced in the IC 37 Class onboard Fortissimo, I can offer first hand knowledge of how much fun the class is to sail in. The boats are unbelievably equal in performance. The sails are the same, the boats are the same and it comes down to crew work and tactics, as to how well you do. Having raced for decades on all types of boats, I have never found a more level playing field in yacht racing.
The IC 37 Class rules are posted on the class website: https://ic37class.org/rules/
IC 37 Class SPECIFICATIONS
New York Yacht Club
Melges Performance Sailboats
LOA 37.06 ft 11.30 m
LWL 34.78 ft 10.60 m
BEAM 11.97 ft 3.65 m
DRAFT 8.20 ft 2.50 m
BALLAST 3,373 lb 1,530 kg
DISPLACEMENT 7,793 lb 3,535 kg
DISP/LEN RATIO 83
JIB 376.74 ft² 35 m²
MAINSAIL 522.05 ft² 48.5 m²
SPINNAKER 1,657.64 ft² 154 m²
SAIL AREA UPWIND 924.6 ft² 85.9 m²
SAIL AREA DOWN (EST) 2093.6 ft² 194.5 m²
SA / WEIGHT UPWIND 36
SA / WEIGHT DOWNWIND 76
I 50.68 ft 15.45 m
J 14.39 ft 4.39 m
P 48.51 ft 14.79 m
E 16.40 ft 5.00 m
STL 22.27 ft 6.79 m
IRC RATING EST: 1.175
ORC RATING EST: 543.120
DESIGN & ENGINEERING
Design: Mills Design No.102
CFD and VPP Analysis: KND Sailing Performance
Structural Engineering: SDK
Structures ISO 12215
ISAF Plan Approval ISO 12217
STRUCTURE Hull, Deck, Interior Grid / Gelcoat Surface Multiaxial E-glass and uni-directional carbon fiber Foam core with vacuum wet-preg epoxy resin Secondary bonds hi-strength structural adhesive
KEEL AND RUDDER Carbon keel fin with lead bulb Race faired to class templates – standard Carbon rudder stock w/ blade faired to templates Jeffa self-aligning rudder bearings top and bottom Carbon tiller with an adjustable hiking stick Twin composite steering wheels – optional Single point lift padeyes
DECK GEAR BY HARKEN Winches: Primary 2 x H 46.2PTP Mainsheet 2 x H 46.2 STP Pit 1 x H 40.2 STP Backstay 2 x H 46.2 STP Handles 4 x H B10HOT S/G 2 x H B8HOT S/G Traveler track 6:1 cross-haul lead to trimmer Transverse jib tracks: pin stop w / up/down purchase 3 Rope clutches Spinlock XTS0610/1c (main, jib halyard, tack) Aluminum jib sheet fairleads Black stainless steel stanchions and & pulpits Life lines s/s 1 x 19 wire Foredeck hatch Lewmar #65 Trapezoidal
DECK HARDWARE Stainless Steel chainplates 1.25 inch molded foredeck toe rail Recessed plexiglass sliding hatch Ritchie Venture SR-2 compass – in cockpit face
MECHANICAL Yanmar 3YM20CE21 hp Diesel with SD 25 Saildrive Gori 2- blade folding race prop Molded 15-gallon fuel tank w/ deck fill Primary fuel/water filter Spinlock single lever throttle/clutch control
ELECTRICAL 12 VDC system 125-amp alternator with voltage charge balancer 2 X 12 VDC Group 27 batteries 1 X Dual main battery switch 1 X 30-amp main circuit breaker 1 X Blue Seas 4376 switch panel 6 circuit breakers L.E.D. Navigation lights Compass light switched on with Navigation lights 1 X 12 VDC L.E.D. overhead light 5 X L.E.D. AA battery interior lights 2 X 12 VDC / USB charger outlets near switch panel
PLUMBING 1 X Manual diaphragm bilge pump – below deck 1 X Electric bilge pump with extended pick up Raske manual head with integral holding tank Waste deck pump out ¾” Marelon flush mount seacock seawater intake
MAST, BOOM STANDING & RUNNING RIGGING
MAST Southern Spars carbon w/ regatta splice 2 sets carbon swept spreaders Integral mast jack cylinder & hydraulic pump Aluminum mainsail track for slides: full battens & slides 2:1 Main halyard exits below to Spinlock clutch on mast Provision for 2 jib halyards – 1 halyard standard Provision for 2 spinnaker halyards – 1 halyard standard
BOOM Southern Spars aluminum 16:1 outhaul lead to forward end of boom Provision for single reef w/ Constrictor Clutch in boom (second reef optional)
SPRIT Retractable carbon sprit 2:1 In /Out purchase lead to H-280 & H-150 Cams Single tack-line lead to Spinlock XTS 0610/1C Clutch
STANDING RIGGING S/S rod headstay & shrouds 2 X Dyneema topmast backstays 3:1 to winches
RUNNING RIGGING 1 x Main halyard, 2:1 lead to Spinlock rope clutch below deck 1 x Jib halyard standard (2cnd option) w/ soft shackle 1 x Spinnaker halyard standard (2cnd option) w/ soft shackle 1 x Mainsheet w / provision for continuous lead 2 x Jib sheets with soft shackles 2 x Spinnaker sheets w / soft shackles 1 x Spinnaker tack-line w / soft shackle 1 x Spinnaker retrieving line 2 x Traveler cross-haul 6:1 lead forward to main trimmer 2 x Jib pin stop cars 2 x Jib lead up / down 1 x Cunningham 6:1 lead to pit 1 x Quick Vang purchase lead aft to centerline of pit 1 x Outhaul, 16:1 lead to forward end of boom 1 x Jib Hobble Lead Aft 1 x Spinnaker Takedown System
INTERIOR & FIT OUT Structural carbon reinforced grid Gelcoat structural bulkheads 2 x Storage / seat modules amidships Engine box with gas spring steps Interior hull surfaces epoxy satin clear coat Under deck surfaces epoxy satin clear coat Textured composite covering walk surfaces amidships Flush fasteners – companionway to forward hatch
One Design corrector weight installed
Complete One Design measurement
One Design certificate issued
Some equipment above may have been upgrade by the class and owner and are now fully compliant with all class rules and recommendations.
Captain maintained from new. The boat has benefited from constant and fastidious care, and shows extremely well.
Sail inventory (very light usage):
Class Main, Jib and Spinnaker
2nd class spinnaker
Custom 7’ draft keel designed by Mark Mills for non-class racing. This was highly engineered to provide optimum performance with the shallower draft which allows the boat to race in areas with limited depth, such as the west coast of Florida, or to be optimized under various rating rules.
Twin steering wheels with pedestals and foot braces
Class permitted instrumentation including GPS down below.
Velocitec Pro Start
VHF - ICOM M324 radio with sail racing antenna
VHF cable to masthead
ORC/PHRF (non-class racing) sails consisting of mainsail, jib and fractional Code 0. All by Evolution Sails.
Bottom painted with epoxy, and professionally sanded/finished to class tolerances
Custom SeaDek non-skid/deck cushioning in cockpit with IC 37 logo
Second manual bilge pump in cockpit
Second spinnaker halyard and Rope Clutch
Small sheet bags w/handle holder for runner winches
Large sheet bags for primaries
Handle holders for mainsheet winches
Handle holders for primary winches
Self-tailors on primaries
Various covers for cockpit, spars and equipment
Hi-lo galvanized shipping cradle
Mast shipping cradles