Bosun Queen 55

by Adam Lewis
(Monfalcone, Italy)


Built: 1981
LOA: 16.46M (55’)
LWL: 13.72M (45’)
Beam: 3.45M(11’3”)
Draft: 2.30M (7’6’)
Displacement: 29762lbs (13500kg)
Construction: GRP with teak decks
Rig: Bermudan Ketch
Engine: 55HP Perkins 4.108 diesel
Drive type: Shaft
Berths: 6
Designer: Håkan Södergren
Builder: Nautor

Originally an offshore/ocean racer, now a fast cruiser, handled by by just two (my wife and I). Maybe not a traditional cruiser, but she's fast and light and due to the ketch rig easily handle by just two.

Upwind performance and comfort factor is quite high due to the narrow beam, although dead down wind she does tend to yaw a fair bit in a strong breeze if you have too much mizzen up (a fairly common problem with the ketch rig)

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Aug 18, 2015
Short handed modifications
by: Adam

We've not made that many modifications. We do indeed have a furling headsail, which makes life easier, but otherwise it's all pretty standard.

The mizzen is either up or down (we don't bother reefing it) and everything can be done in the cockpit by one (with an autopilot).

The main is standard slab reefing, all the lines lead to to cockpit under the deck, except the topping lift, so you just have to lower the main to the required reefing point, then hook it on at the mast and lift up on the topping-lift, everything else is from the cockpit.

As for kites, the picture is with more than 2 people crew, but we do fly our 150m2 asymetric off a head down furler (Bamar Rollgen 20), which is great, without the furler it would just be to difficult to fly such a big sail without a full crew.

Have a look at for mor info an pics, we haven't updated it in a while, but there's loads info on there.

Aug 15, 2015
Modifications for a small crew?
by: Dick McClary

Hi Adam,
What modifications have you made so that just the two of you can handle her?
It looks like you've got a furling jib, but what system do you use to reef the mainsail? It's difficult to see from the pic, but do you use a snuffer for the kite? It must be quite a task to wrestle that beast to the deck without one!

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