Eclipse - 32ft Performance Cruiser

Eclipse sailing

We built the prototype ECLIPSE for our own use and it has exceeded all expectations. It has proven a race winner (winner of 2002 Round The Island race) and a safe comfortable ocean cruiser. Eclipse left the UK in late 2002 and has since sailed over 15,000 miles. In March 2005 Eclipse was in a marina in Panama, having sailed throughout the Caribbean and as far north as Maine.

ECLIPSE features standing headroom throughout and all round visibility from the saloon.

part of Eclipse saloon

Seven people can sit comfortably in the saloon, while the galley is large with 1.6 sqm of work surfaces, a separate hob and large eye level oven and grill.

Eclipse galley

The aft cabins have large dressing areas and wide double bunks with sitting headroom.

The heads compartment is over 1.5m long with shower and large vanity unit.

Options include daggerboards or low aspect ratio (LAR) keels and tiller or wheel steering. Engines can be a 9.9hp 4 stroke outboard or twin diesels (LAR version only)

The pronounced knuckle and high bridgedeck clearance means bridgedeck slamming is a thing of the past.

Here are some photos of an Eclipse in Puerto Rico

and here some of a wood Eclipse being built in the UK

and finished below

Here is a short Youtube clip, taken from on board Eclipse when sailing at 12 knots along the coast of Cuba. At the same time the photo, below left, was taken by a cruising friend - shame they didn't have a video camera!

You can see more photos, materials list etc here

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Richard Woods
Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK

ECLIPSE 32 Performance Cruiser


strip cedar round bilge hulls, ply decks

foam sandwich

grp production boat

LENGTH O.A. 9.9m
LENGTH W.L. 9.45m
BEAM OA 5.9m
DISPL (empty) 2.5T
DISPL (loaded) 3.7T
HEADROOM 1.9m saloon, 2m hulls
DRAFT 0.5 - 1.7m (daggerboard version)
(0.9m LAR keel version)
SAIL AREA 57sq m

Plenty of room in the saloon for 5 adults to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Note headroom over seats, the two men at the back are over 6ft 2in, (1.9m) tall

See a Review of Eclipse HERE

You can read more about Eclipse in the Newsletters and Yearly Reports for 2001 and 2002

Load carrying is sufficient for ocean cruising for a couple, while the performance is astonishing for a cruising boat. So far a top speed of 21 knots, while its capable of 8.5 knots to windward tacking through less than 90 degrees.

It has proven to point higher than IMS race boats 20' longer. In the Round the Island race we beat some of the top Mumm30's to windward in 20 knots apparent wind. In earlier races we comfortably beat boats like the J92 to windward.