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The KZ1 yacht was the 1988 America's Cup challenger from New Zealandmarker.

KZ1, designed by Bruce Farr, was skippered by David Barnes along with a crew of 40 from the Mercury Bay Boating Club in Whitiangamarker. The KZ1 was given the nickname of the Big Boat or Big Beauty by financial backer, Sir Michael Fay. Many saw the size and wide deck gave the boat a nick-name of The aircraft carrier.

KZ1 prompted American skipper Dennis Conner to build a catamaran Stars & Stripes (US-1). Conner won the challenge, but most of the battle was fought in court. The KZ1 is now on display near the National Maritime Museum in Aucklandmarker.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 30 to 40
  • Length (overall): 36.57 m (120 ft)
  • Length (waterline): 27.43 m (90 ft)
  • Beam: 8.07 m (26 ft 6 in)
  • Draft: 6.40 m (21 ft)
  • Sail area (upwind): 627 m² (6749 ft²)
  • Sail area (downwind): 1,600 m² (17,300 ft²)
  • Mast height: 46.78 m (153 ft 6 in)
  • Displacement: 39 tons
  • Hull material: Carbon fiber, Kevlar/Nomex sandwich
  • Rating: Free, 90-foot LOA


Comparison

This table compares the size of KZ1 against some of her most famous large predecessors:
Name Year LOA LWL Sail Area Mast height Displacement
Reliance 1903 43.89 m 27.43 m 1,501 m² 67.05 m 189 tons
Ranger 1937 41.15 m 26.51 m 701 m² 46.98 m 166 tons
KZ1 1988 36.57 m 27.43 m 627 m² 46.78 m 39 tons


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