My apologies for adding a comment to an old posting; I was just searching for 5800 information and want to document my experiences for others who may also stumble onto this old post.
I've had the opportunity to charter
both the 4600 and the 4800. Each have their pros and cons, from a charter
To give some color, The 4600 was chartered over 7 days in the BVI and the 4800 was done over 8 days on a one-way from St.Lucia to Grenada
Both trips has 9ppl aboard.
Some of the pros and cons from my perspective:
4600 has a manual dingy hoist while the 4800 has an electric
. The electric
is nice, but of course the winch
blew up on us outside the Tobago
Keys and required repair.
4600 has a collapsing table for sleeping in the galley
and the 4800 is fixed. This forces a 9th person to sleep in the fwd port-side crew forepeak.
The 4800 has the forward "fishbowl" hangout and it's amazing. It does make it more challenging to get upto the mast
than the 4600, but it's worth it. I say this feature is amazing for a number of reasons:
- at anchor
, you always have a place in the shade (fwd or aft)
- at anchor
, you now always have an area exposed to the prevailing breeze (aft 4600 tends to roast, imho)
The 4800 has an electric winch
at the helm
which is really nice for raising the main solo or pulling more tension into your jib
The 4600 has way more locker storage
than the 4800. This was a disappointment for us. The primary storage
lockers on the 4800 are smaller and are also located in the fishbowl - a huge disappointment for accessing snorkeling and fishing gear
, etc. The 4600 has tons of locker space in the aft deck
, so access to wet/water activity equipment
from the splash deck
is pretty easy.
I think there's also less galley
storage in the 4800. We made do, but had to find new homes for beer/soda/crackers etc.
The other major advancement was the pass-through door from the galley to the forward deck. It's nice to open and get a passing breeze. Also makes it easier/safer to move about the boat while on the water
. The fed windows are also huge and allow for better visibility.
The forward lockers (bouys, dock
line, trash, etc.) are smaller in the 4800 if I remember correctly and the tramp is much smaller. Only a bummer if you like hanging out up there or sleeping outside.
were also much nicer on the 4800.
In all honesty, I like the features on both boats...but I'd take the 4800 again with little hesitation. That said, were looking now at chartering the 5800 because of the entertainment space a flybridge provides and crew capacity.
Hope this helps,
PS - another killer feature as I continue to think about the differences is that the 4800 has flat or recessed hatches in each stateroom whereas the 4600 has raised hatches that are foot/toe killers as you walk around the port or starboard access-ways. just my 0.02
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