Passport 47

Adesso is an Italian word for our sailing theme  – it means “now – in the moment”!  Adesso is a Bob Perry designed Passport 47.  She was built in 1984 and is hull number 5 of 10, aft cockpits that were made between 1983 and 1988.  In the early 90’s Passport Yachts ownership changed and the Passport 47 continued to be built as the 470.  Adesso has had 5 owners since her commissioning.  Her first owner  Thom Wagner was head of sales on the US east coast and is now President of Wagner Stevens who manufacture Passport Yachts today.  George Collins her second owner, raced Moxie ( as she was named then ) to win her class ( 1 ) in the Annapolis to Bermunda race in 1992.  Subsquent owners have upgraded systems constantly.  New engine, hull painted, sails rigging …. etc , she was lavished with love over the years



From Yacht Design According to Perry

The Passport 47 was to be the Passport 40’s big brother with the same look and the same interior features, including the head-forward layout that had by now become an industry standard thanks to Wendel Renkin.  I made the Passport 47 proportionally narrower with a L/B of 3.45, but I kept the stern overhang very short, with a near-vertical transom-rake angle.  I really liked the way this abrupt angle played against the highly raked bow profile.  I thought it was aesthetically exciting and it afforded the boat a long sailing length.

However, as time progressed the Passport 47 gradually changed.  The stern as constantly extended to the point where the last models built were 49 and 50 feet on deck!  Of course, to an owner or a broker, this was an attractive addition.  It gave the boat a nice deck space aft of the cockpit, and people seem to love overhangs.  But once again, to my eye it upset the balance of the sheer line I had laboured over to get perfect.  The secional shape of the Passport 47 was rounder amidships with more dead-rise aft than the Passport 40 or 37.  I was always trying my best to produce a faster cruising boat while striving to avoid that flat run that can pound while you sit at the dock.

The original aft-cockpit Passport 47 was a big, muscular-looking boat.  I was at a meeting at the yacht club on on of the Great Lakes.  It was almost sunset and we were out on the waterfront lawn enjoying our toddies when a gleaming white Passport 47 cruised into the hadbour and did a series of slow turns while looking for a spot to drop the hook.  We all stood and stared at this beautiful boat.  I felt really good. I knew the boat looked great.  And damn it, a lot of it had to do with that chopped-off fanny.  The Passport 47 sailed well, too. It was closer to the designed displacement.