SHANTI is a hard to find late model boat by a high quality builder! Her owners had initially had long range cruising plans, but work and family seem to have gotten in the way. Quick, fast, Rob Humphreys design, three cabin layout excellent for family and guests, twin rudders, bow thruster, and air conditioning round out her cruising amenities.
This is a high performance cruising boat that is set up for a couple to easily handle and enjoy both long and short passages. SHANTI‘s design is exceptional – she performs quite well on one sail plan from 5 knots to 25 knots! She eats up miles easily and comfortably, and is very smooth and stable when sailing offshore. The hard chine and 2 rudders help her feel like she’s sailing on rails! Lots of fun!
The solar system was in installed in May 2017 just before we sailed to Bermuda. It performed beautifully throughout our sail to and from Bermuda as well as during our 2-week stay at the dock in Hamilton. We never pugged in! The system kept our batteries charged so well that the batteries never dropped below 88% even while we were running 2 refrigerators, 2 chart plotters, radar, autopilot, navigation instruments, fans and lights at the same time. Given this low level of discharge, the new battery bank should have a long life.
We configured the AZUREE so that the two of us can easily do everything ourselves. The boat is well balanced and the helm is wonderfully light and responsive, making it a joy to sail her. Even during squalls, the deep keel and two rudders made the boat feel stable and I felt in control.
The generous cockpit and folding swim platform enables easy entertaining for many guests, yet it is cleverly configured that I also felt safe and had adequate handholds during rambunctious sails. The cockpit fly is a pleasure to have. It made a cool refuge from the hot Bermuda sun.
Below is bright and spacious. I truly enjoyed sitting below and having the ability to watch the activity of the harbor. Additionally, it’s very nice to see out when I’m in the galley while we’re underway.
We had ‘race crew covers’ made for all of the white cushions. They worked so well and were comfortable that we kept them on even when it’s just the two of us on board.
Race Crew’s Comments:
SHANTI is the most comfortable performance cruising boat that I’ve been on. She’s extremely responsive – great fun to sail in any wind. Having fully functional Raymarine chart plotters at both ends of the cockpit table enabled each watch to navigate and control the boat from the helm or the refuge of the dodger – a luxury on those stormy nights.
Each crew stateroom has generous berth space & headroom, 2 USB charging ports, 3 operating hatches, and A/C in addition to typical features such as a fan, good lighting and storage. I’m tall and being able to stand erect below made for a very pleasant journey.
A multi-year work assignment abroad is prompting us to sell SHANTI.