Samoa 34 description updated
The Samoa 34 is one of our most important offshore cruising sailboats. However we must admit that its description in our site was less than the design deserved. Now we made a revision in the text that we believe will do more justice to the merits of the project. We hope you enjoy reading it.
Introduction: The Samoa 34 was designed to be a blue water sailboat capable of accomplishing the most demanding cruising adventures while being fast enough for participating in ocean racing with good chances in the cruising class. Classified as Cat. A, according to the European Union norms, she is the boat to be trusted when sailing under the harshest of sea conditions, while affording the necessary comfort aboard for the well being of the crew.
Samoa 34 is the right size of boat for overseas passages. Having the necessary power to beat to windward when sailing close-hauled in heavy weather, it is a boat to be trusted in the worse conditions, while being cosy and functional for living aboard for long stretches.
Since the introduction of the design the Samoa 34 has been doing an amazing career. With dozens of boats built from the plans, the design becomes a local reference wherever one of these boats is sailing.
Luthier is a home built Samoa 34 that crossed the Atlantic in a round trip having their builders, Dorival and Catarina Gimenes as crew.
The model has already been submitted to extensive testing by our builders, including a round trip Atlantic crossing, which served to prove unquestionably the seaworthiness of the design.
Interior layout: The Samoa 34 was intended to provide sleeping accommodations for six persons, four of them in private cabins, with the possibility for two extra crewmembers to sleep in the saloon’s dinette.
The fore cabin is the perfect guest room. Having an almost rectangular double berth, a large counter, a sofa, and a hanging locker, this cabin is as complete as a fore cabin can be, offering all it is necessary for the crew to feel comfortable when being in use.
Samoa 34 Luthier fore-cabin. Their owners are live-aboard sailors with dozens of thousands miles of offshore passages experience.
The fore-cabin is the guest room of the boat. Provided with a double berth to starboard, sided by a cosy sofa, and having a hanging locker at the entrance hall, it gives privacy and comfort to a couple. There is no restriction in changing the layout for two single bunks if this is preferred. A bulkhead with a double leaf folding door separates this cabin from the main saloon, ensuring privacy to its occupants.
Abaft this bulkhead is placed the most comfortable main saloon it can be conceived for a boat this size. With two symmetrical sofa/berths and a jumbo sized table fixed to the mast pillar, it has room to spare for a meal to be served for six persons, or else for two adults to sleep there. Behind the backrests there is a profusion of lockers and a large book-shelf at each side, with enough room for a flat screen TV set to be installed in one of the sides.
The small and elegant cabin trunk placed behind the mast, is surrounded by windows and opening port-lights, a design feature that allows broad visibility to the outside, good natural illumination and plenty of ventilation. It`s possible to monitor mainsail and genoa from the aft seats of the two sofas without the need of even standing up, bliss for shorthanded cruising sailors.
The social area of Samoa 34 is roomy enough to shelter six adults for a meal on its large table, or eight persons to be entertained without giving the impression of being crowded.
Still under the cabin trunk, abaft the two aft seats of the saloon`s sofas, are placed the galley at portside and the navigation table at starboard. The galley is fitted with a counter having two sinks and a refrigerator on its furniture. The space under the counter-top where the sinks are installed is used to store pots, pans and other cooking utensils, besides being fitted with a generous sized dustbin installed on its front face. The gimballed gas stove with oven is fitted abaft the counter.
The gimballed two burners stove is fitted between the galley counter and the bulkhead that separates the saloon from the aft cabin.
The navigation table and its seat are turned forwards. The seat’s backrest is the heads fore-wall bulkhead.
A large navigation table with its own cushioned stool to starboard completes the saloon’s layout. The longitudinal panel to the right of the navigator is where the electrical switch-panel and most navigation instruments are fixed, except for the radar screen and chart plotter or multifunction monitor, which should be installed in the fore and aft direction facing the navigator’s stool.
The Samoa 34 saloon is roomy and complete. The galley quarters are the most spacious and functional to be found in sailboats this size.
Going aft, placed to starboard, is the heads with vanity unit and shower. A grated floorboard drains the water into a shower sump fitted with automatic pump. There is a huge compartment abaft with access from the heads where bulky equipments can be installed, as genset and water maker, for instance. Shelves close to the topsides provide room for storage of all sorts of boat gear. Abaft this compartment, accessed from the cockpit, there is a large lazzarette where the inflatable and spare sails can be stored.
On the opposite side there is a very spacious aft cabin with a huge double berth, a sofa, and plenty of stowage space for the personal belongings of its users. The 2.0m (6’7”) headroom entrance hall, the same headroom as the whole saloon, is provided with an opening port, which together with a second port installed at the cockpit wall, and yet a third one fitted at the transom bulkhead, provide excellent natural ventilation and illumination to the ambience.
The aft cabin consists of an entrance hall, a counter, a sofa and a royal sized double berth. To port there is a sequence of bins and shelves, besides a hanging locker at the cabin entrance.
Deck layout arrangement: The deck layout is quite simple and functional. The mast is stepped on deck, the best solution in cruising boats minimising the possibility of inconvenient leaks in the saloon. A deep anchor well brings the weight of the chain to a lower level, but still leaves ample space to store fenders in its upper part without interfering with the anchoring procedure.
An almost flush fore-deck is a welcome safety factor when foresail changes are performed. It also makes this area of the boat useful for sunbathing or entertaining. It`s also the best place to store a solid dinghy, if this type of tender is preferred.
The traveller placed on top of the companionway hatch protecting box, is the preference of most cruising sailors, since the cockpit stays free from the clumsy main sheet system. A canvas dodger installed abaft the mainsail sheet traveller is highly recommended. The spacious transom platform is quite low, making boarding safe and easy.
Sail plan and rigging: The fractional rigged sail plan is of moderate size, a feature that is highly appreciated for the comfort and safety of cruising families. The mast rigged with swept-back spreaders, is very simple and strong, the best solution for peace of mind when sailing in very bad weather. The fore triangle is quite large what makes the Samoa 34 a very good boat when sailed with main and jib, a great virtue when shorthanded.
Fin keel and rudder: A bulbous keel of relatively shallow draught and low centre of gravity, combined with a well balanced rudder and smooth water lines, make the Samoa 34 a joy to be sailed in light or heavy winds.
The Samoa 34 bulbous fin-keel and rudder have a lot to do with the successful career of the design. The boat had been tested in the harshest conditions never loosing steering control or missing the necessary stability for the safety of the crew.
Construction specification: The construction is specified for cold moulded, strip-planking or fibreglass reinforced plastic. This last option is ideal when more than one boat is intended to be constructed. Composite sandwich construction is a valid option when only one boat is intended to be built. We provide plans for this method of construction in a custom basis under special order.
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