|Yoko was designed by Bob Miller (later Ben Lexcen). The philosophy was for a medium displacement yacht not designed to any rule. The requirement was for a fast cruiser which would look after the crew. The result is an easily sailed yacht which performs well when crew are unable to give her maximum attention.
Competing in the Melbourne-Osaka 2-handed races in 1995 and 1999, she easily won her division & set new records each time.
Construction is of Austen 50 Steel. She is powered by a 72hp slow rev Perkins 4/236 diesel for minimum maintenance when compared to lightweight high rev motors and can make 8.25kts if required using a 2-blade folding propeller.
Accomodation consists of 4 double/8 single bunks plus a further 3 bunks for 11 persons total including an owners cabin, navigators cabin and crew cabin. For'd of the mast is a sailbin of 8ft length and a toilet/shower for'd of the sail hatch. The floors are of slatted construction to prevent water from sailchanging and main entry with dripping wetgear from wetting the carpeted areas of cabins and galley/lounge saloon. The nav area has a full size chart table with radios etc. On the side. The keel is partially hollow to collect up to 200L of bilge water thus ensuring a relatively dry boat.
Yoko has sailed some 150,000 sea miles to date with over 200 ORCV events as of 2015. She has, in addition, many interstate and International race credits and trophies, mainly for long-distance ocean events for which she was designed. Displacement is of 18 tons.