I used a Nauticat 37 to teach Yachtmaster Offshore
. I made several trips around Vancouver Island on her.
Kaj Gustafsson has some idiosyncratic ways of doing things. As an example the head
inlet and the head
sink drain share a thru-hull. It took me a while to figure out why, but by closing the thru-hull you can drain the sink by pumping the head. The engine
hour meter was in an electric
panel with access in the galley
- Well organized desk layout. She had both a gennaker
and a dip-pole spinnaker
. There were fairleads and sheet stoppers for all lines.
- The galley
was safe offshore
as the space was limited and it had a galley harness.
- The aft cabin
was great. The mattress is split to accommodate a lee cloth down the center
- Tons of storage
- Two fridges (one is a bar fridge) and a freezer
- Bow thruster (an option, I believe) - very useful in docking
in strong currents.
- The pilot / coffin berth was my favourite.
- I could check sail trim from below.
- A proper metal toe rail.
- Stern mounted fender
holders that did not look out of place.
- Nice anchor
- Great tankage for both water
- Pad eyes for jacklines
- Mounting points for tethers in the cockpit
- All sinks were outboard
and filled with water
if not closed. The galley was especially problematic.
- Both heads were on port
- The shower
drains into the bilge
- With a tall rig it was very tender
, reefing on a beat started at 12 knots.
- Hydraulic steering
provides little feedback
- No nav station.
access through the saloon
floor with two layers.
- The inside steering
seat could be a PITA when you needed to move it.
- Listed to starboard at the dock
- A little too freeboard for my liking.
- The gravity feed holding tank
plugged on me once. Not an easy fix.
- I am not a fan of Anderson winch
handles (they only toggle in one direction), the winches were nice. I shut off the electric
main halyard winch
and use it manually as it did not lock out with a winch in - very scary.
- The solid teak
rails requires that the genoa
sheet be led outside of the lifelines
when going downwind. Otherwise there is chafing on the sheet and wear on the rail.
If you have any specfic questions, please feel free to ask.