Introducing the BTC22, a British built high performance trailer sailer which has been designed around the needs of single handed, family and racing sailers alike.
Boasting a super light, resin infused hull with a high degree of ‘stiffness’ the BTC-22 also offers a powerful rig, a large open cockpit, coupled with a contemporary hull shape, long water line, profiled bulb keel and twin rudders. As a result the boat handles superbly, points exceptionally well and its quick – it’s been clocked at 15kts off the wind!
So, the BTC-22 is sure to please the sporty sailor. Yet the boat doesn’t require a full racing crew to achieve great performance. The BTC-22 has an open deck plan which uses modern high spec deck fittings and trimming systems, managed from the cockpit. The carbon tiller of the BTC22 is well positioned in the centre of the cockpit, enabling easy access to all control lines, even single handed. The helm, connected via a stainless steel/carbon fibre rod steering system, feels superbly well balanced under sail in a wide range of wind strengths – no need to reef early on this stiff little boat.
Despite the performance layout, crew will feel safe on-board with double guard wires led through cleverly placed outboard stanchions all around, enabling ease of movement on the BTC’s wide gangways. As for practicalities, there is plenty of storage above deck with two cockpit seat lockers and one huge locker under the cockpit sole, big enough to take an outboard motor or tender and lots more besides. In the bow there is an easily accessible anchor locker and a pivoting outboard bracket is placed centrally on the transom. Thanks to a lifting bulb keel and optional mast lifting system this boat can be trailered, rigged and launched easily too, even single handed.
Below decks, the BTC22 can be delivered as basic and lightweight as the keenest of racers might like but this boat can be fun for entertaining family and friends too. There is a surprising amount of space in the large airy cabin for a 22 footer with such performance credentials. The BTC has good headroom and 4 spacious beds – one generous 2 metre V-berth and two giant settee berths measuring 2.5 metres each. There is plenty of storage under the removable companionway steps and under the berths to accommodate longer on-board stays. Add an optional galley unit, fresh water installation, acres of cushions and, behind a courtesy curtain, space below the V berth for a removable chemical toilet and you have all the components needed for comfortable overnight stays. Yet there are more subtleties to add – the BTC Mark 2 has a cored hull and deck – not only to provide more buoyancy, but also better insulation and less condensation to boot!
Come and take a look at the BTC22 in the water at M316!