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Every time Reckmann supplies a new superyacht sailing system they surprise us by going one step further. With the Judel/Vrolijk 146-footer Path and 196-foot Sarissa II from McKeon they are doing it again…

The demand for giant sloop rigs continues apace in the superyacht sector and the need for reliable, failsafe sail furling systems becomes ever more crucial. Reckmann remains the go-to supplier for headsail, code sail, and mainsail reefing hardware, thanks to its rock-solid reputation and the steady stream of incremental refinements that stem from the Hamburg-based company’s long-term strategy of continuous R&D. Two of its latest projects – both high-performance superyachts, but with completely different design values and sailing programs – demonstrate the versatility of the Reckmann product range.

Path is a remarkably spacious 146ft (44.5m) cutter-rigged sloop with a Panamax carbon rig and integrated sailing system from Rondal. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk specifically for fast-paced round-the world voyaging and built-in foam-cored carbon composites by Baltic Yachts, it’s the third-largest yacht by volume that Baltic has built to date.

Delivered in July and due to be on display at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Path puts a very strong (and sensible) emphasis on reliability, autonomy, and fully proven technologies. Genuine all-weather sailing capability and the ability to go off-grid in remote cruising grounds for long periods of time were key aspects of the design brief. Read on.