I haven’t sailed a 59er, but one has come up for sale.
It always struck me as a decent boat that fluffed its lines. The Bethwaites design(ed) great boats and have an understanding of boat dynamics second to none, but I believe that they overestimated the ability and patience of typical weekend warriors when it came to the 59er. The masthead kite may be efficient but it looks dauntingly big. But I was surprised when some started fitting a trapeze because, on paper, 14m2 of white sail on a 2m beam is well within the bounds of normality for a hiker. The boom looks high, so maybe the centre of effort was higher than normal?
Is it inherently tippy like a 29er, or more stable like a Tasar?
I would like to sail it as a two person hiker with a crew weight of 150kg (so pretty much what it was designed for), but I would like to change the rig – specifically reducing the size of the kite and having a square top main.
I am tempted to try a 29erXX rig on it, but with a fractional kite (maybe a standard 29er one?). There must be lots of XX rigs gathering dust now.
Do you think that would work?