"The designs of Jay R. Benford are usually easy to recognize but difficult to describe precisely. They definitely have a traditional look about them yet don't resemble any particular type of traditional craft. Often they look like caricatures of boats - the kind of boats you see in children's books.
No insult is intended. On the contrary, Benford's boats all seem to have some sort of magical quality, a unique character all their own that defies definition."
----Cruising Sailboat Kinetics by Danny Greene
Jay Benford is one of those rare yacht designers whose work is startling and handsome at the same time. There are lots of designers who come up with wild and daring ideas, but too often gimmickry commands the foreground of their vision. Benford's work is firmly anchored in tradition. Sometimes he salutes it with faithful recreations. More often than not he seizes upon the essential elements of the past, tosses in some contemporary yearnings, and whirls the whole thing like a Rubik's cube. You're left with something that makes you think of days gone by even while wondering: why hasn't someone else done that before?
Isa Rana is Hull number 2 of this Benford design, she was completed in 1984 by Mc Connell Marina in Perry sound, Ontario, and sailed in the Grand Lakes untill 1996, she then moved to New Brunswick in 2006 and later to the Carribean where she is now.
Always stored on the hard in the non-sailing season, she is in excelent condition and waiting for you to go on new adventures.
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