JFA 90' MotorSailer "Hortense"Mizzens and Motors; Sagacious Sensibility Review by Chuck Gnaegy A powerful emotion surges through the heart of every sailor -- or “blow-boat” seafarer –- when, safely out of the harbor into the open sea; the engines are silenced. Ah-h-h-h, wonderful, delicious, quietude. Total Tranquility! Then, sails billow like mushrooms, snap to full; driving her forward into a bountiful sea. She responds, dancing her ballet, in a quiescent oneness with the ocean, sky, and wind – deeply stirring. For her crew, the thrill of another voyage is nothing less than bewitching. In a departure from YachtForums’ usual display of sumptuous, elegant motoryachts, this vibrant, canvas-draped lady brings us to an equally striking, yet unusual configuration, the Motor Sailer. Richly artistic in her own particular way, this high-masted traveler is especially favored by a great many yacht owners; those who never forget their original serene feeling of being at one with the planet’s elements – Under Sail. Speaking of quietude, her design wizards lavished special care to sound and thermal insulation; so that, even under power at cruising speed, with gen-sets and air conditioning on high, her noise levels are a super-low 55 dB. In an anchorage, 40dB in the Master stateroom; even less in other locations. Her soaring, carbon fiber main mast on the ketch rig reaches a sky-busting 33m, 108 feet; her mizzen 26m, 86’, while her 90-ft. LOA carries a beam of 23.5 ft., w/ draft 9 ft. Weighing in at 130 tons, she is one lovely, sportive, greyhound. Built of aluminum with Aluster structural frames, painted with Awlgrip, she bears Lloyd’s and MCA compliant seal, carrying two crew and eight passengers. Her sail plan – ketch rigged carbon – holds up to 380m² sail area upwind, and 570m² down wind, with an asymmetrical spinnaker.