The design philosophy and fundamental characteristics of the two Calypsos (36' and 41') echo those of the boats that the British call "blue water yachts", suited to afford long offshore voyages with the possibility of meeting challenging weather conditions. In addition we wanted our cruising boats to be suitable for navigation with a small crew or single-handed, to be capable to access even at small ports (and therefore with moderate draft) and meanwhile sufficiently fast and lively as not to require intensive use of the engine. These design issues have led us almost inevitably to favor moderate solutions, neither overly conservative nor vigorously innovative. We have deliberately abstained from all kind of extreme in the choices.
The boats do not have anything particularly innovative or revolutionary. As designers we concentrated on getting the optimum balance between performance, stability, and comfort that comes from the choice of moderate and well-tested design criteria, in accordance with the classical approach. The modern side of the design rather emerges in the hull shape and in the appendages planform and profile, which are in line with the most updated state of the art of hydrodynamics. The choice of materials and construction techniques are also based on a very modern use of wood. Again, we have not invented anything, but we take advantage of all innovations that have been done and tested in a field that in recent years has had a remarkable development.
The interiors are not designed to accommodate the maximum possible number of people, but to give comfort and space to a reasonable number of persons. Ample space is reserved for storage of many items that are needed for a long journey.
The construction system is a combination of strip planking and cold molded, which seems the logical choice for a boat of this size and produces a very strong and rigid hull.
Calypso 36' has dimensions which are generally regarded as the minimum for a real offshore boat. They are ideal if the boat has to be sailed short-handed. The prototype of the Calypso 36', launched in 2008, has already proven its seaworthiness having completed successfully long trips in its first three years of life.
Calypso 41's size is the most in demand from customers who like this type of boat. These are owners who want to make long voyages in safety and comfort, sometimes with a limited crew. Compared to the Calypso 36' the major benefits of increasing the size are evident mainly in the interior accommodations. If the Calypso 36' provides a luxurious accommodation for two people and an acceptable comfort for two more, the interior of 41' is very comfortable for two couples, each of which has a toilet available, ample space, and a good degree of privacy. Of course, even the chart table, the galley, the head and the main cabin, which already in the Calypso 36 ' have more than acceptable space, in Calypso 41' become very spacious. If necessary, either the Calypso 36 or the Calypso 41' can accommodate 3 more people in berths in the main cabin.