The ClassGlobe 5.80 is a mini class yacht designed for fast, efficient trans-ocean voyages. The first ClassGlobe 5.80 Transat Race is scheduled for November 2021.
Conceived by Don McIntyre and designed by Janusz Maderski, who specialises in small ocean-going yachts, the ClassGlobe 5.80 opens a new chapter in adventurous, affordable ocean racing. Sailors in 18 countries are now preparing to build the Globe 580 from CNC-cut kits or raw materials.
"There is nothing in the world like the ClassGlobe 5.80! Ocean and Offshore capable? full of adventure and challenge to race for a few hours, days or weeks? solo or with friends? that you can build yourself with simple tools and no previous experience, or get professional help, then you are set to sail around the bay or over the horizon. Take it home on a trailer or container ship to another country. This is the reality of the ClassGlobe 5.80…The choice is yours, but it starts here! The plans cost Euro$300 and the FUN comes for FREE!. The 5.80 Family is waiting to welcome you..."
The McIntyre ClassGlobe 5.80 is a SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, Extreme weather ocean capable, easily handled, FUN to sail (and build) fully self-righting yacht. Features include, Basic plywood epoxy construction, bow crash box, three watertight compartments. Six full frames, two watertight bulkheads, pine stringers and oak floors. The hull is covered with sustainable plantation 10mm plywood. Central bottom strip of plywood 20 mm. Deck covered with 8 mm. The hull is then laminated with epoxy and glass. A 142 degrees point of vanishing stability with central, strong skeg supported outboard rudder with three sets gudgeons and pintles, allowing simple effective trim tab wind vane steering. A simple overbuilt steel fabricated Keel, with lead bulb, two x 2mtr bunks, bunks or on the cabin sole, or an athwartship bunk by lifting a floor panel. A secure comfortable cockpit, two transom balancing Dagger boards, quick closing companionway hatch/door (Or 50 x 50 Deck hatch closure) with 360-degree visibility observation cab with 1.65mtr headroom under and 1mtr headroom while sitting on a bunk.
Capable of fast, efficient solo (or two-handed) trans-ocean voyages, average speeds over 100 miles a day are expected.
The Class Globe 580 can legally be towed on its own road trailer with the keel attached, or it can be transported in a standard 20 ft shipping container with the keel, rudder and spars removed. It can sail from anywhere and transport to or from any country with ease.
The main hull structure can be built by one or two people with little experience and basic tools in 550 hours, or a few months. The Class Globe 5.80 has a strong plywood construction that is well-suited to amateur construction. It is simple and inexpensive and the boat should be very solid and safe.