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Old 17-02-2015, 15:22   #16
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Re: Should I buy a Malo 47 or HR43?

Hi Leftbrainstuff
do you have seen the Najad 440cc.
High quality, solid, safe and fast.
The construction is comparable to HR43 but is much more agile and fast, the designers are Judel&Vrolik, Melges and Ac Alingi, Dehler desigres.
Try it you will be enthusiast.
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Old 19-02-2015, 03:08   #17
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Re: Should I buy a Malo 47 or HR43?

Thanks for all the responses to my first post - great stuff! To answer some questions- we are in our 50s and pretty fit, we will be using the boat for a mixture of coastal sailing plus longer passages (possibly the Atlantic in a few years), we have been sailing for 20 years. Seems like a toss up - perhaps tossing a coin is the answer after all!
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Re: Should I buy a Malo 47 or HR43?

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Thanks for all the responses to my first post - great stuff! To answer some questions- we are in our 50s and pretty fit, we will be using the boat for a mixture of coastal sailing plus longer passages (possibly the Atlantic in a few years), we have been sailing for 20 years. Seems like a toss up - perhaps tossing a coin is the answer after all!
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If you want to have six people on board on a regular basis, you may want to go a little bigger still. Six people is ok on my boat (54 feet on deck, 16 foot beam) but I would not want to go any smaller (even single-handing, I don't ever wish for anything smaller). The problem is getting everyone around the salon table; seating in the cockpit. I agree with the comment above about the frat house -- you will be pretty crowded. 50+ monohull, or cat would be better with that kind of crowd.

As to "handling" bigger boats; plenty of threads on this in the archives. To summarize -- some people argue for smaller boats, but those are mostly people who have smaller boats. I've never met or heard of anyone with a larger boat who wished for a smaller one. Other than cost (maintenance even more than acquisition) and docking, there aren't really any downsides. Also, the larger the boat, the easier and more comfortable it is to handle in tough weather.

If I ever change my own boat (unlikely), it will be for something still bigger -- like the HR 65.
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Re: Should I buy a Malo 47 or HR43?

Quite a lot of differences in the layouts of those boats, surely one would appeal to you more than the other.
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Re: Should I buy a Malo 47 or HR43?

Thanks for comments/suggestions. Have considered Najad but don't like the position of the galley. The layout of the Malo with 2 aft cabins would suit us better for when we need to sleep 6 - With the HR 43 we would spill into the saloon. We don't expect to sleep 6 very often, but when we do, we want it to be civilised when we do!
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