Over the last four years XS Marines has brought about a change in Seabird sailing
in the Mumbai harbour and this has also spread to Chennai. XS Marines started by modernizing the deck and internal layout of the existing Seabird with improved placement of deck fittings. Rigging the Seabird for sailing was made easier with the addition of hi-tech Aluminium Alloy Gaff & Boom. In addition, comfort & safety features were kept in mind to ensure a safe boat. Finally the most crucial item – minimum maintenance requirements was also adhered to. This led to a superb demand with over 20 boats that have been supplied to various Sailing Clubs and first time private boat owners.
Keeping in mind the changes in modern sailing boats, XS Marines has given the Seabird hull a totally new dimension – an innovative deck cum cockpit with an open transom layout resulting in a low-profile cabin under the deck. The Jennaker pole now slides into the hull, resulting in less clutter on deck. No changes have been made to the existing Seabird Hull i.e. in dimensions or shape but a completely modern day-sailer / club racer has evolved with the new XS63 Rig. The first of these newly developed boats were launched on 28th March 2014 and will sail its first maiden race in the JJ Memorial Trophy organized over this weekend of 29th & 30th March 2014.
XS Marines was the first company to make a Cuddy cabin Seabird in 2012 specially customized for the owners, with an Aluminium Mast extruded locally in India. Over the last two years a lot of time and effort has been spent in developing a Sloop rig which has resulted in the XS63 Rig & Sail. All the existing Seabirds can now be retrofitted with this new Rig & Sail plan. FULMAR II one of the first of the ‘Mark 3 Seabirds’ built in 1987/88 has been retrofitted with the new XS63 Rig & Sail has been sailed over the last 4 to 5 months by the owner Cyrus Heerjee.
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