French naval architect Yves Kinard’s timely design for a seaworthy mini-trawler has proven itself a safe passagemaker. The new boat is loosely based upon a Breton fishing boat and is designated Mayrik P214 by the designer.
The compact, 21-foot Spirit of Arielle began its journey in Saint Martin, French Antilles finishing at Saint Martin de Re near the French port of La Rochelle shortly after Bastille Day. Equipped with a life raft and modern electronics, its 4,000-nm voyage was made in 31 days with stops in Bermuda and Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores. During the passage, the tiny vessel consumed a mere 800 gallons of diesel fuel, or about 0.25 gallons per hour, cruising at 5.5 knots at 1,200 rpm. Its longest leg without refueling was about 1,850-nm. Such a feat has not been attempted since 1936 when the French painter Marin-Marie completed a solo voyage in his 43-foot vessel Arielle under diesel power from New York to Le Havre in 19 days, but with the help of sail power.
To enhance economy offshore, the Mayrik P214 is equipped with a bow bulb, Bruntons Autoprop variable pitch propeller, modern antifouling bottom paint and 150-watt solar panels. For power, owners have the choice of either a Perkins 86cv or a Yanmar 230cv (both approximately 15-hp naturally aspirated diesel engines). Fuel additives were also helpful in extending the useful range and minimizing pollution.
Kinard plans to market six versions of hull with varying fit and finish, including a commercial fishing version. Pricing is expected to be between $90,000 and $180,000 depending on options.