Rogers Yacht Design was approached by a well known syndicate of Lymington sailing families (Jonathon Rogers, Tom McEwen, Steve Akester and Philip Osmond) for the design of a new 38 gaff-ketch to replace their well known 24 gaffer, Alice II.
Although in concept the new Alice III has retained much of the traditional style of her predecessor, her hull form for instance, is quite different. Whereas Alice II is beamy and relies on form stability for her righting moment, as do many of her contemporaries, Alice III is relatively narrow and instead relies heavily on her bulbed keel and 2.4 metre draught. In fact with her narrow entry and straight runs aft her hull is more akin to a modern IRM hull form!
Other interesting design features include a hydraulically controlled lifting keel and lifting rudder system, which ensures she complies with the syndicate's request for a one metre draught capability. Her sail plan makes use of seven carbon spars and five upwind sails, ultimately giving an upwind sail area of 132sq. m With her narrow hull form, plenty of stability and a displacement of 8,000kg she is undoubtedly a boat to watch out for.
Since her completion the owners have had tremendous fun with her and she always turns heads. She is fast, fun and comfortable and completely fulfils the original brief.