Trailer sailers have always had a lot to offer the weekend sailor. The freedom to choose different sailing waters,lack of marina charges, 'en-route' accommodation etc. But there has usually been a price to pay in terms of performance and difficulties with rigging and launching. The Parker 21 sets new standards of trailer sailer excellence - both ashore and afloat.
Brilliant handing ashore
On the road she's impeccably mannered behind a medium sized family car. The galvanised purpose-built trailer is low slung and ultra-stable with powerful brakes. We've designed a foolproof system to remove the terrors of putting up the mast. By rigging the spinnaker pole with a simple tackle, the mast is raised effortlessly from the cockpit, simply by winding a winch. Launching and recovery are simple with a totally retractable lift keel - no bulb skeg or bilge keels to locate. The Parker 21 floats clear of her trailer in knee deep water and always tracks back into the contoured cradle.
Once underway you'll quickly appreciate the enormous gap between the Parker 21 and more conventional trailer sailers. Her stability is uncanny. Two adults standing on the midship gunwale create less than 10o of heel with the keel up and in this mode the Parker 21 is only drawing 10" of water. The distribution of interior ballast reinforces the bottom for a safe, flat drying out and esures safe keel up stability when left on exposed drying moorings.
Performance and Handling
She's as light as a feather on the helm. Tacks fast and accelerates rapidly to the lightest puff of air. Her underwater shape, with its very fine entry for knifing upwind, and broad flat floor and modest rocker give power, stability and breathtaking offwind speed.
Sophisticated Rig and Controls
The rig delivers plenty of power to Parker's pedigree hull and all control lines and halyards are of course led to the cockpit, including the2 mainsail reef points, for easy and safe short-handed sailing.
Should you need it, an outboard engine can be mounted in the special well in the cockpit. The hull is easily driven by a 4-6 hp engine and the mounting bracket can accommodate either long or short shaft outboard engines.
Lift Keel Versatility
The Parker 21 Lift Keel system is the key to this remarkable Yacht, Starting with its construction - the specially laminated, one-piece GRP box is full height and heavily reinforced to the hull. This adds tremendous strength to the hull and deck for carrying rig loads.
Below deck the keel box fits neatly between the chart table/galley unit and the fore cabin entrance. The keel box has no lifting tackle or devices below deck to give maximum interior comfort.
The multi-block tackle, which raises the hydrodynamically sectioned low centre of gravity 450 lb. keel, is controlled from the cockpit winch for easy and safe short-handed sailing.The safety feature of being able to reduce the yacht's draft quickly adds to its versatility, whether she's powering round the race course or feeling her way gently up narrow creeks on the flood tide.
Family sized cockpit
The 6' 10" long, spacious cockpit can comfortably accommodate four people and has a large cabin hatchway The large cockpit locker provides plenty of stowage space for all your sails and equipment Wide side decks, with cabin side safety handholds, make going forward an easy, safe operation.
Buoyancy safety features
The internal module structures are designed to incorporate 4 large airtight buoyancy chambers around the yacht to make it unsinkable or, with an optional extra, these chambers can be foam filled.
Designed for family comfort, the light airy cabin has a surprising amount of open plan space, attractive, low maintenance modules with varnished teak bulkheads and cupboards; vinyl upholstery make a high quality interior finish. The accommodation has a forward 6'2" long 'v' berth with lower lockers and recessed toilet space. Between the keel box is a chart table lid which, when lifted, reveals a practical galley with stainless steel sink pump and tank; and lots of storage space, with optional gas hob unit. The main saloon comfortably seats 4 people around the removable teak pedestal table. The saloon berths are a spacious 6' 4" x 30" wide with storage shelf above. Below the entrance steps provides ample cool storage for provisions, etc.