At the first of May the season at Lake Starneberg startet with a HighLight for HighTide.cc. The Münchner Yachtclubt was running the Starnberger Segeltage. That´s a cool Event for all the local Dealers, shipyards and partners. Above that a few big players like Torqeedo or DOMANI YACHTS where also part of that event in Possenhofen at Lake Starnberg. eMobility was a big bi$$ topic at that event. There were a lot of possibilities for smaller crafts with In that eMobility Context DOMANI Yachts were best practice example for a electric saildrive. That was a fantastic season opening at this beautiful lake.
I met Michael Goddaert, the founder of DOMANI, direct at the Münchner Yachtclub, or rather I came and the DOMANI was quite entering the dock. Which means I had not the time to change the shoes, I was direct jumping aboard. The weather was sunny and a bit too cold for short trousers in the beginning of May.
In 2017 I heard the first time about DOMANI. A friend of HighTide told me about a stunning new performance cruiser with elegant lines and a sundeck. That sounds fast including a Gin Tonic. The first look at the BOOT Düsseldorf in January 2018 gets in line with expectations. She was standing there in a pure white colour, noble with style. The sundeck cannot be denied. When you enter the cabin the cladding is the first you will notice. It´s like the pattern of a exclusive seat of a BMW 7series.
Over the year the DOMANI YACHT CREW improved lots of things. They told me, but I can´t compare. Now it´s the first time that I can feel the boat on the water, in my hood, on my lake. That´s my personal advantage.
First of all, for a bavarian lake it´s quite big. Not just from the size, the whole technical features are more fitted for a coastal cruise than for a lake. The yacht ist packed for much more than a day cruise. It´s easy to go to Croatia with it. At least it´s perfect for the BVI or Mallorca. Yes, you can live on it.
In the beginning I had the chance to get a feeling for the boat and for the Torqeedo Sail Drive. It´s a new experience for me to handle the motor of a boat in such a size by by hand throttle. But it´s fine and very comfortable. After Lunch a marina maneuvers we get wind a made another trip under sail. Now I really got the sailing performance of the yacht. The black sails are impressive and when you hoist the Code 0 the power is on. The DOMANI reacts very fast and transfers the gusts direct into speed. That´s the advantage of the Bavarian Lakes, you don´t have a constant wind. That´s great for boat tests. So far so good. The boat is running well, the carbon mast and the whole rig looks good. Now we have to compare where are our victims? We saw a few H-Boot and a Schärenkreuzer. Ready for rumble. It was easy to get in the near of them. Competing with the H-Boot was quite boring. That was too easy. Next check, how high can we go. We get into the waterway of the Schärenkreuzer; he was going clause-hauled, but it was easy for the DOMANI to get higher.
Allright, that´s the performance Cruiser you need. You will get it for the price of a CARRERA, but here you will get more Carbon and a waiting list of beauties who will be part at your next cruise. At the end it´s very cosy aboard with very special cushions and don´t forget the drink.