I had posted some time ago my early impressions on Orana
44 that I bought in June. Having sailed enough, here is my final verdict on some basic aspect of the boat..I have sailed her with 4-6 people on board full of fuel
. I have 2X40 HP Volvo
, standard propellers.
No gen set, water
maker, A/C, etc..
1-Incredible space.. I am 6ft 3 and have no difficulty nowhere to move around. Owners cabin
is spectacular. Finish is not exceptional but acceptable for this price
range, no squalling whatsoever.
2-To my surprise and despite her weight close to 10 tons + bulky hulls, she sails
extremely well. This is probably due to genereous rigging
. Very stable on water and feels safe and stable. (I have seen up to 52 knots, nothing to be scared of) The problem is in light wind
, below 11-12 knots of true, it isn't worth trying to sail.
performance also is quite good. (up to 35 degree apparent, 25 knots of true, 1 reef on the main easily rerached 9-10 knots of speed on relatively calm water.
From 120 at 28 knots true, with 2 reefs
on the main, we could maintain 11-12 knots easily.
Note that the performance is significantly compromised if the sea is high, probably because of bulky hulls.
Tacking is not easy again in choppy seas and below 5 knots of speed..
3-Slamming under the bridge is not an issue unless the conditions are really bad.
4-Standard engines of 30 HP would never work on this boat. Due to very high windage, monoevring over 20-25 knots is already challenging with 2x40 HP that I have. Moreover, if you motor
down wind with swells of 2-3 meters on the nose, reaching even 5-6 knots reaching even is tough. So, standard 30 HP's are out of question..
5-Single handed sailing is relatively easy with all the winches at the helm
. Would be nice to have one extra winch
is not sufficient unless you add solar panels
and or wind generator
is just great. So is the helm
position; perfect view of every corner of the boats and the sails
while you are still in touch with the crew.. The sunbathing space behind the helm station will be very much appreciated by the admiral and the guests..
Overall, it's a boat to be considered seriously for this price
range, with reasonable performance, outstanding space and quite good seaworthyness. Build quality and finish is not exceptional but more than acceptable.