Upgrades | Var 44

Your new V Yacht comes with a basic package of factory options. More customizing, with a focus on satisfying your specific requests include:

Interior Upgrade A
  • Upgrade A is standard equipment on all US V Yachts, and includes
  • Teak steps on the companionway
  • Roller wheels to make moving the companionway easier
  • Patent pending roll on engine room insulation with better sound absorbing properties than foam
  • Varnished teak trim in the galley
Upgrade B (includes all of the above plus the following)
  • Real varnished teak cabinet fronts in the upper galley, nav area and owners stateroom
  • Solid teak trim for rounded edges
Upgrade C (includes all of the above plus the following)
  • Real teak varnished cabinet fronts in the aft cabin (priced per cabin)

Mechanical / Electronics Packages

Autopilot Package
B&G pilot w Octopus Hydraulic drive

Navigation Package
B&G Zeus Plotter on swinging Nav Pod at helm (only with mainsheet moved forward).

Instrument Package
B&G multi display at forward end of cockpit x 2.

Racing Package (must have Zeus Nav Package)
B&G racing masthead wind sensor, boat speed on centerline, target boat speed loaded on the Zeus, onboard calibration and training (2 hours) by B&G expert.

Radar Package
HD radar on a stern mounted SS angle adjustable Garhauer radar pole.
AIS/GPS equipped VHF radio.

Electric Yacht
48 volt electric saildrive with 48 volt Battery Pack for 6nm range with no Gen Set in exchange.
DC Gen Set with a 3 cylinder Kuboto Diesel to power the Sail Drive for extended range.
15,000 BTU Air Conditioning with Upgraded AC Panel and an Inverter.

Rigging Upgrades

VAr Sheeting
VAr yachts are standard with a cockpit mounted mainsheet. For a more family friendly layout that also allows easy shorthanded trimming from either side of the cockpit and which allows the boom to be sheeted above the centerline, as if you had a full traveller, we convert to a double ended mainsheet run aft to the helm position on both sides. By trimming on the side you wish the boom to move to, the boom can be trimmed to weather exactly as with a conventional traveller, or it can be set to self tacking mode and allowed to self tack (which is ideal when in cruise mode).

Hammerhead Mast
Our patent pending Hammerhead Mast allows a square head main to be used with a conventional backstay, and also allows for a larger headsail with a masthead forestay, for almost 10% more area and a more efficient sail shape. The Hammerhead mast includes an extended crane and a masthead forestay, also projecting forward somewhat. The 4 to 1 ratio of rearward backstay extension vs. forward forestay extension means that moderate backstay tension can yield a very tight forestay.

Dutchman Main
A proven Dutchman Sail Flaking system is standard with all US VAr yachts. This is the simplest and best high performance option for making a mainsail easy to raise and lower from the cockpit, with no effect on performance.

SailCase Main
The patent pending SailCase automates the lowering and covering of the sail, and also makes reefing easier. The sail can be completely covered from the cockpit, yet no performance is lost. The SailCase is essentially a closable V Boom. The reef lines run in the upper boom sections. A Dutchman Flaking system collects and flakes the main into the boom. The space between where the vang normally goes and the boom is used for storing the sail. The boom is closer to the cabinhouse, which will restrict the ability of crew to cross over the cabinhouse when tacking during a race, so a conventional boom and Dutchman Main are recommended for those who will primarily use their VAr for crewed racing.

SailCase Jib
The patent pending SailCase Jib, when combined with the Hammerhead mast, allows for a self tacking jib with more area than a normal roller furling 109% jib. A combination of full and partial length battens allows the roach to extend well past the mast, and makes dropping the sail automatic. The sail is stored in the SailCase enclosure and can be covered from the cockpit when not in use. The sail can also be reefed from the cockpit. Most important is that the SailCase Jib allows the sail to be self tacking and self vanging when off the wind. The sprit can rotate forward of abeam if the outboard jib sheets are attached. Of course, a simple hank on jib presents far less windage and weight aloft than a jib with a furling system, a padded luff and a UV cover on the leech. Best of all, the cost savings is considerable over a conventional set up, especially after you add in an asymmetrical furler and pole.

It’s often said that Gentlemen do not sail to windward. Of course, if you have a boat that tacks thru 80 degree’s, going to windward is fun. Off the wind up to now requires lugging out an asymmetrical jib, deploying a sprit, hoisting and unfurling or unsnuffing it, etc., all of which is a lot of time and work. Retrieving the asymmetrical, especially in a blow, is often very challenging, even for professional crews. What if you could deploy an asymmetrical in about a minute? What if the sprit can project to windward when running downwind, just like with a conventional spinnaker pole? How about no expensive furler, no asymmetrical pole, your asymmetrical is totally protected from UV and you never have to hoist it. Sound too good to be true? Wait till you sail with this revolutionary set up. You’ll never go back.

With SpinFurl, the asymmetrical is stored and deployed from a pouch in the luff of the jib. This zippered pouch opens forward, and is closed with a simple zipper. The asymmetrical is attached to the jib inside this pocket, and includes 1 or 2 simple brailing lines that pull the bulk of the asymmetrical back into the pouch.

To deploy, go forward and unzip the pouch, attach the sheet, and pull it in. It’s that simple. The jib forms the leading half of the asymmetrical, while the asymmetrical forms the trailing half, and allows the headsail area to more than double. The SailCase boom holds the leading edge to windward, and can be extended forward, depending on the wind strength, to allow upwind angles of up to about 50 degrees apparent. Off the wind the SailCase is brought aft till it is 90 degree’s to the centerline for running at downwind.

To jibe when racing, the SailCase boom is brought around inside the forestay, and the asym is brought around outside. The outboard sheet is first disconnected from the SailCase end, brought around the forestay, and connected to the asym. The SailCase always has the inboard jib attached, which is used during the jibe. The now lazy sheet can be disconnected and the jibe begun. The SailCase will be centered using the inboard sheet, then the asym pulled around using the newly attached outboard sheet. If beam or close reaching is planned, the lazy outboard sheet that was taken off the asym will be attached to the SailCase as it is pushed out if needed.

To douse, the brailing line(s) are pulled in, and the sheet is eased off if needed, collapsing and pulling the asym into its pocket. Then the zipper is pulled down, covering and storing the asymmetrical. In under a minute you are ready to head upwind, and no more work is needed till the next time you deploy the asymmetrical.