The Santa Cruz 63 is intended to be the `big sister` to the Santa Cruz 52. The 63 is built on the concept of a very high performance yacht easily sailed by two, that also offers a luxurious interior with all the amenities required for comfortable cruising. The quality of construction and the superior design of the plumbing, electrical and systems design have been key factors in the success of the SC 52, and will provide a proven approach to be further enhanced in the 63. As was the case with its predecessor, the base yacht is comprehensively equipped excluding electronics and sails. True to the Santa Cruz Yachts tradition, the 63 will be a very fast yacht. It has been designed to achieve this performance both upwind and downwind. The single non-overlapping jib is very easy to tack and roller furl. The large gennaker, on a retractable bowsprit, can be set and doused using a snuffer, and is simple to jibe. The sprit design, based on the very successful approach pioneered on the SC 52, is trouble free and simple to operate. There are no running backstays to attend to due to the swept-back spreaders. Deck hardware is minimized by this sail plan - it requires fewer winches, tracks, controls, etc. Santa Cruz 63`s hull derives its high performance from a high sail area-to-displacement ratio coupled with a high righting moment resulting in a fast, stable yacht. The displacement is minimized by Santa Cruz Yachts` proven ability to build light and strong boats of exceptional durability. The high performance keel and carbon fiber mast enhances the righting moment and stability.