I have been working as a crew on both the 52, 450 and the 440. If there are one thing Iīm impressed on itīs the value of a safe, comfy (at anchor) boat. But performance wise they are medium performers. All of them are ok in calm seas. But as soon the wind
kicks up and there are heavy seas, they have big problems. And the problem is the low wingdeck clearance. Surfing down the boat stalls as the seas pack up under the wing and the boat slides sideways. Not to mention the noise
of seas slamming.
The 52 have a nice working station. Not so on the smaller sisters. People tend to run into each other on the narrow bridge, and the helmsman must go out of the way all the time. Its meant to sit down working.
But the 450 i liked a lot as its a great boat for small money
. But donīt lean on anything inside, it may break. But that goes for all the new lightweight interior
And they feels pretty safe all the time even when surfing at 17 knots.
later I did a few mods on the 52 go get the screecher to an electric winch
who made it easyer for one person to handle as more sailarea is better.