It’s still very early days with our new boat Paragon, but already I am deeply, irrevocably in love. It’s time you get to meet him!
I chose Paragon as the new training boat for Sea to Sky Sailing for a number of reasons, but first and foremost is that if you don’t get excited and a bit giddy every time you see your boat, it’s probably not the right boat for you.
The first time I saw Paragon sitting at the dock, I had that wonderful feeling of certainty. This is the boat for me and Sea to Sky Sailing, no question. He is a sexy beast of a boat. His lines, his aristocratically pointy nose, his gorgeous teak interior, everything about him makes my heart flutter. Don’t even get me started on how smoothly he handles, and how I can’t stop grinning like an idiot whenever I’m behind the wheel.
So, big checkmark in the “love your boat” department!
Next, huge checkmark is that Paragon is an X-Yacht. This Danish company has been building incredibly high quality yachts for decades and they have a fantastic reputation for the strength of their designs and the craftsmanship of their boat building. Sea to Sky Sailing needs a boat that we can trust to take us anywhere, through anything the sea may throw at us. Paragon’s the guy* for the job. When I was living and sailing in Europe, I came to know and admire X-Yachts and feel incredibly lucky to have found such a gem at home here on the west coast!
Paragon is an X-372 Sport… so he is built with the skill and durability typical of X-Yachts, with a special focus on performance. He is a true ‘performance cruiser’. Since Sea to Sky Sailing offers both cruising and racing programs, having a boat that can perform well in both worlds is key.
He sleeps 6 people comfortably, has a full galley (kitchen), spacious head (bathroom), generous salon (dining room/ living room), and all the usual comforts of a cruising boat. But he’s also fast! With a powerful sail plan and rig, and a great hull shape and waterline, Paragon can get us around a race course or from secret anchorage to peaceful island cove quickly and in style.
And finally, there's the name. Paragon. It is rumoured to be bad luck if you change a boat's name, at least if you do it without following the complex rituals required by maritime superstition. I had always thought that when I found the right boat, a perfect name would just come to me- something pithy that comes across clearly on the VHF radio. I'd sacrifice a seagull, smash some champagne bottles, and voilà- new name!
In this case, that didn't happen. Paragon is it. He already had the perfect name for himself, one he wears jauntily down his sides. 'Paragon' means the ideal. The quintessential, the model, the epitome. Our Paragon is the ideal boat for Sea to Sky Sailing, the quintessential adventurer, model explorer, and the epitome of a great sailing yacht.
See you on the water,
Owner & Head Instructor
*You may have noticed that unlike every other boat, Paragon is not of the female persuasion. We're already bucking the trend with a female skipper/instructor, so it was kind of inevitable that we'd go all in and find a boy-boat. Bizarre nautical gender traditions be damned!