We have now done 6000Nm in 6 months with our new L450. Mostly in the Med. Getting ready for crossing the Atlantic with the ARC
handing - No problem at all. All over night trips are done with only the two of us doing single
4 hour watches in good conditions and shorter in rough conditions.
I never had to climb once onto the boom for any kind of work. However, on a 450 one has to go up three steps on the mast to hook in the 3rd reef on the luff. The leach 3rd reef is via a line. I have on occasion been reluctant to do that due to a bad back. I recently had a rigger put a line on the luff 3rd reef too; so no more climbing in rough seas up the mast.
The high boom has giving me no trouble at all. The lazy bags are easily done from the deck
. The boom could be a little higher as I keep hitting my head
on it, but that is due to my stiff neck and back forcing me to look down all the time.
She performs fine under most wind conditions and really runs well under main and gennaker
with the wind on the beam. 10-12 knots true gives us 8+ knots in the water
Bust mostly she is a great apartment on water and that is what I bought her for. No regrets on choosing the L450. Sure there are little things that could be better. I chartered one before buying
and as an engineer
I opted to forgo certain options and do my own designs. More on that in other threads soon.
The fly bridge is great and extremely social. Our guests hang out there all the time or join us for a sun bath on the loungers just in front. Much more social than a raised steering
position in the cockpit
. Sea sickness
is least when on the fly bridge. You see things coming and the motion appears to be less than in the salon
. The cockpit only gets used when at anchor
or in the marina.
During cool nights and bad weather
I run things from the inside nav station with a Raymarine remote
for the auto pilot. In case of a sudden gust I can just change the course with the remote
to reduce forces in the sails
and then go out and reduce sails
. But most times I have reduced them beforehand, as from up the fly bridge you really see things far away. On several occasions I have gotten down the gennaker
just in time because I saw the white caps and wind direction change a mile or further out.