At Annapolis Sailing School our commitment to relaxed, enjoyable sailing is reflected in the sailboats that we use in our classes. Two important considerations in any training boat are safety and comfort. Although the Rainbow can now be considered a classic design, we have not found a boat that works better as a basic trainer. In fact, more adult beginners have tasted that first thrill of sailing on a Rainbow than on any other boat.
Rainbows will heel (lean over) but they will not capsize (tip over)! We know from experience that capsizing is the number one fear of adult beginners. The Rainbow’s design makes her uncapsizable. The boat’s simple rig enables everyone to sail while remaining in the cockpit, seated in comfort, and well below the boom.
With four adults in the cockpit there is still ample leg room for everyone. The seats are chair height and the high coaming (edge) offers comfortable back support. Visibility is excellent in all directions and the simple, uncomplicated rig means a minimum of clutter and gear in the cockpit. The small cuddy cabin provides excellent protection from wind and spray when the sailing gets really interesting!
The Beneteau 37 is an outstanding mid-size cruiser. From her easy-handling but powerful B&R rig complete with a mast-furling mainsail and roller-furling jib, to her wide cockpit with walk-through transom and swim ladder, fresh water shower, and stainless steel arch, the 37 is a boat designed to maximize cruising pleasure. Step below into her cavernous main salon and enjoy a full galley with double stainless steel sinks, a front loading refrigerator, a propane stove with oven, a microwave and more storage space than you can imagine to make meal preparation a breeze. The cabin layout features two airy and bright private staterooms as well as convertible berths in the main salon. The fit and finish on all the wood is equal to what one would find on custom yachts costing much more. A full head with a separate stand-up shower and six and a half feet of standing headroom ensure your comfort, whether you are on board for a two-day beginner ’s course or a five day cruising experience.