Italia 14.98: The success story continues. When designing the new IY 14.98, the Italia Yachts team took on the real challenge of creating a yacht that equally matches aesthetics with ability. Available in two versions with two different souls, and without compromise, in technical as well as stylistic aspects, the Italia Yachts team have pushed forward the boundaries of quality and design in the creation of this new 50ft performance cruiser. Conceived from the drawing board for sailors looking to combine unparalleled sailing performance with an appreciation of details and finishes of the highest quality, the Italia Yachts 14.98 succeeds at every level while maintaining the core characteristics of the Italia Yachts brand: simple, rational, function, and versatile for cruising and racing.
Thanks to her plumb bow and stern and a very small wetted surface area, the Italia Yachts 14.98 boasts a high dynamic length essential for top-level performance both in racing and in cruising. The Italia Yachts 14.98 can effortlessly reach considerable speeds in the lightest of airs while offering total control and predictability once the wind comes up. Her folding transom serves as a comfortable helmsman’s bench while under way, converting to a broad bathing platform at anchor to allow safe and easy access to the sea or a tender.
For those seeking the maximum in performance and a sporting yacht capable of competing at the highest level in ORC and IRC fleets, the Italia Yachts 14.98 is available in Fuoriserie guise. On deck, six winches are fitted as standard to allow for dedicated mainsheet winches as well as full halyard and sheet control. The fitment of twin rudders allows for a broad and easily-worked cockpit while the rig benefits from rod standing rigging for optimum strength and minimal weight and cross-section, preparation for symmetrical spinnakers and a hydraulic backstay adjustment. The spars are high-efficiency profile with an increased height section boom to facilitate a larger mainsail area.
Deck Layout. The Italia Yachts 14.98 deck is clean and free of lines, allowing crew to safely make the most of her deck spaces. The coachroof features a long window profile, fitted with individual opening portholes to allow generour ventilation into the light and spacious interior. The hull and deck are finished in high quality gelcoat with the cockpit and side decks benefitting from a moulded non-slip finish.
Cockpit Layout. The Italia Yachts 14.98 boasts a cockpit configuration equally at home for effortless cruising with guests as it is functional for a racing crew. In addition to the traditional cockpit lockers spaces, an insulated locker with icebox function has been added within easy rach of the helmsman and guests.
Sail Plan. The hull lines, the specifically studied structure and the construction technologies used, allows IY14.98 to carry a powerful and oversized sail plan with respect to the size and especially the weight of the boat. This requires careful and correct allocation of weight on board but above all the use of a ballast the guarantees an adequate righting moment.
Keel Configuration.The T-keel with lead torpedo (ORC) is designed in two different sizes, 3m (9’ 11”) and 2.5m (8’4”) and the shape of the foil used has been studied through fluid dynamic analysis software specifically to optimize the blade in IRC competition. A shoal draft 1.9m (6’ 3”) keel is available. With a stainless steel core to ensure its secure rigidity and stability, it has a shell laminated by vacuum bagged infusion on a female mold in order to ensure the molding precision of the keel profile and therefore the perfect flow of the fluid dynamics.
Hull Construction. In the quest for the ultimate ration between light weight, stiffness, longevity and performance, the Italia Yachts 14.98 hull is constructed using a sandwich of glass figbres and PVC cores with variable core densities throughout the structure.
Internal Matrix. Beneath the soleboards, the Italia Yachts 14.98 is fitted with a structural matrix constructed of laminated unidirectional glass and carbon fibres to ensure accurate distribution of rig and keel loads, class-leading stiffness, strength and light weight. The marine plywood bulkheads are the laminated to the hull sides, the inner structure and the deck.
Below decks, the subdivision of interior spaces in the Italia Yachts 14.98 is optimised for those who, in addition to looking for a fun sailing experience and unrivalled performance, also seek a quality of life aboard with light and airy interior spaces to make even the longest cruises as comfortable as living at home. With three standard interior layouts available with two or three heads options and an abundance of storage in all cabin spaces, there is a solution for everyone.
|Model||Italia Yachts 14.98|
|Designer||Cossutti / Italia Yachts|
|Draft||2.35m (1.90m and 3.0m draft options available)|
|Sail Area||125-134sqm (Main + Jib) 200-230sqm (Spinnaker)|
|Engine||60hp with Saildrive|
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