Orion 49 / Cruiser
The assignment was to design a robust and fast family cruising yacht, with a spacious deck saloon and suitable for sailing in cold regions. The result was the Orion 54 (design 167).
We’ve choosen to make a smaller version according the wishes of the client and we have chosen aluminum, partly for its robust looks like (this aluminum is unpainted) and partly because aluminum is an extremely solid and lightweight construction material.
The length of 49ft is the result of a spacious cockpit, a deck saloon with a comfortable U-shaped settee, a spacious owner’s cabin with a separate shower / toilet, two guest cabins, a spacious U-shaped galley and a spacious lounge.
In order to anchor close to the shore, to sail a nice river, or to allow the mooring in a nice harbor, we have choosen for a retractable daggerboard. Because of the keel is retractable, it’s possible to sail with various drafts, wherein said steering characteristics remain the same.
The cockpit has two long seats, with behind two steering positions. The seats have a good backrest and sit comfortably. The entire cockpit is kept as low as possible, to give the crew in heavy seas security. For that reason, there is also created sufficient space behind the helm. The mainsheet is attached to the deck saloon, so there is no maintrack in the cockpit. A fixed cockpit table provides guidance while sailing and offers a cozy eatery on the anchor or in port. A swimming platform is integrated in the transom and this is also the entrance when the boat is docked with the stern to the shore.
The anchor is stowed in the bowsprit, which is also used for the gennaker tack.
The deck saloon is equipped with double glass and in the front, the centre window can be opened. On the starboard side, we created a large U-shaped settee and on the portside a card table. The galley is optically connected to the deck saloon and makes the entire room spacious and cozy.
The Orion 49 / Cruiser has two guest cabins with double births in the aft and an owners cabin in the front.
The clients of the first and second Orion 49 have chosen for an aluminium stowaway Selden mast. The cutterstay is removable and the high-aspect jib can be furled. For the first and second Orion 49, the clients have chosen for a self-tacking Jib. All the halyards are stowed on the mast and only the sheets can be handled in the cockpit.