Originally Posted by Aluna
We were on the brink of buying
a 440 because of the flybridge and now I am glad we didn't. The flybridge is great if there is a lot of people to sail the boat. If you are only two then one has to sit up there all alone and when it rains and it is cold it is no fun being exposed. Lagoons are largely sold as charter
boats - big (lots of windage) spacious (lots of paying guests) and HEAVY.
With a cat the more you pay the less you get - that is weight. You pay for carbon fibres and they cost but they keep the weight down which is what counts on a cat. The lighter the better.
We chose the Orana
44. It is in fact a similar size to the 440 but much lighter and a hell of of a lot easier to sail. They are not more expensive. From the years of researching they are also the best value for money
than any other cat (new) currently on the market.
I have been waiting for this day to respond to your concerns regarding the 440 as quoted by you above ... I know it was some time ago !
We sailed Cape Town
(south Africa) to Fortaleza (Brazil) ... 21 days (not bad for the South Atlantic where wind
counts massively more than current)...
We have sailed our 440 from Fortaleza all the way along the North coast of Brazil
, to Man Of War Bay in Tobago
and now to Prickly Bay in Grenada
. We did Tobago
in 11 hours using only the Genoa
until the last part of our journey where I put up the main sail as we wanted to anchor
Bud ... I have to tell you ... That Flybridge ... MAN ... FANTASTIC .... so glad we made this purchase
having sold the Catana
Safe ? we could'nt have felt safer !