1. Apartment Style Living:
The interior styling is one of simplicity, clean lines, light and space, evoking the ambience of a contemporary Italian apartment. By combining modern synthetic materials including carbon and Beech finishes with designer lighting and fixtures, the result is incredibly warm and classic yet with a contemporary edge.
The upper deck and living area comprise a thoughtfully laid-out galley with panoramic views and good ventilation, which is designed with the cooking triangle in mind. The galley serves directly onto a carbon bar with comfortable seating for four, and boasts a myriad of conveniences including stainless-steel double fridge/freezers, gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher, designer sinks, washer/dryer, icemaker and microwave.
The saloon/lounge area is enclosed unlike traditional designs. The expansive electrically controlled sash windows at the aft drop into the walls to the area connect to the outdoor cockpits. This allows an efficient control of ventilation according to various weather conditions. The leather seating is ample for 8 -10 guests and the saloon table converts to a dining table with variable heights and also moves aft if required. LED lighting is task specific and can be dimmed to enhance ambience.
The unique connection between the interior and exterior spaces allows each person their choice of private space while still catering for fantastic group entertaining.
2. Sailing Performance:
Although the TAG 60 has an impressive top-end speed and will thrill those who push her to her full potential, the biggest benefit is its light-air performance. It’s all about enjoying the journey, and if you can get to your destination faster and safer then you can ultimately enjoy more relaxation time. The TAG 60 will comfortably achieve passages in excess of 250-300 nms each day. In today’s fast-paced life our vacation and leisure time is precious, so let’s sail fast and then live slow!
3. Light air sailing:
In light airs from 6-15 knots of true wind, the TAG 60 equals the wind speed and regularly exceeds it by 20 per cent. This means you can be sailing when most others are forced to motor. Good light performance means the sea state will be flat and comfortable so the crew can enjoy the sailing thrill while family and friends can relax, oblivious to the actual speeds being reached! The added safety benefit afforded by its performance range is that you can avoid uncomfortable weather situations by either sailing around or away from them.
4. Upwind sailing:
The TAG 60 does not sail upwind like a traditional catamaran. With the centreboards and powerful sail plan (with carbon-rotating wing mast), the TAG 60 regularly outpoints and outsails larger monohulls. For example, in 10 knots of true wind, it will equal a boat speed of 12knots at 40 degrees to the true wind and about 25 degrees off the apparent wind.
This is the fun angle with the TAG 60 having little resistance in the water due its slim hulls and a very powerful sail plan. Once the speed increases and apparent wind is generated, the TAG 60 can crack off to broader wind angles and still maintain its speed. The rotating wing mast and powerful headsail plan keep the apparent wind forward.
Deep downwind sailing on the TAG 60 is similar to onboard a racing catamaran. During sea-trials in a 20knot breeze, we had the TAG 60 sailing at 18-24 knots at 150 degrees off the true wind, with the apparent wind angle sitting at 40 degrees. Truly impressive!
7. Rotating mast:
This is the secret weapon. Rotating the mast means you can adjust the mainsail from 6-13 degrees to create a huge range where you control the power. To accelerate, maximum rotation is applied to generate the raw power of a deep foil. Once you gain speed a finer entry is required to minimise drag and thus one reduces the rotation. This also dramatically increases the wind range without having to reef the main sail.
8. Sail options:
The standard sail package is a square top mainsail with easy hoist, self-tacking jib and staysail. The headsail options include a 118sqm light air jib, 180sqm Code 0 and a 340sqm top-down furling asymmetric gennaker, all made by Ullman Sails in Fiber Path technology to give the best blend between high performance and longevity.
The sail controls are either via hydraulic rams for the mainsail, main traveller, self-tacking jib sheet and centerboards, or via the 3-speed 24V Harken winches. Hydraulic controls are via two joysticks, so all functions are close at hand and intuitive eliminating the need to search for buttons.