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Current and past projects of Ed Joy Yacht Design


Gusto - A Sturdy Cold Molded Cruiser

A beautifully built wooden moderate displacement sailing yacht.

44' Gusto

Sturdy Cold-Molded Cruiser


LOA:43'-8"  LWL:36'-1"  Beam:13'-7"  Draft:5'-9"  Displacement:28,200lb  Ballast:11,500lb  Sail-Area(IJPE):955sq-ft  Fuel:78gal  Water:122gal  Engine:Yanmar-4JHE-55HP@3800RPM  

Mix together an inspired client, a talented design team, and a master builder and what will emerge from the shed is a magnificent creation like Gusto

Expertly built by French & Webb from cold molded mahogany, cedar and Douglas fir, Gusto is a solid performer capable of sleeper finishes in offshore races. Her long keel is a true NACA section and the large propeller aperture allows for the use of a fully balanced rudder. Great effort went into the rudder design and sailplan geometry in order to ensure a light helm. Yes, that is a tiller you see on the deck plan. The most comfortable driving position is on the windward coaming holding a tiller extension - just like a J/24 and just as much fun.

The interior and cockpit are designed with passagemaking in mind. The windscreen provides secure shelter topside and there are plenty of places below to brace against the boat's motion. The main berths can be pivoted with handy billies to a level position regardless of heel. Behind the shower stall is the entrance to a true engine room - a rare feature on a boat this small. Maintenance happens much more frequently when one doesn't need to be a contortionist or tear apart the interior to accomplish basic tasks. 

Study plans are available via PDF attachment or post.

Purchase plans

Muscongus Bay 18     25' Pentimento        45' Erica      Cabo Rico 42      Cabo Rico 56      56' Seal     Good Hope 56     58' Ranger      62' Visions of Johanna      Kaori Refit      90' Tarni