Scarlet, I have no experience with them, but as I recall
the 421 was a 10 plus year old design that was 'upgraded' and had production moved to China
. Apart from questions about Chinese manufacture, I note a couple of things about the design:
1. They do not list bridgedeck clearance, nor do they show pictures of the same. The overhead sailing photos show a rather disturbed wake and it is worth noting that the transoms are not raised above the water
. This suggests to me that the various 'upgrades' to the cockpit
have added more weight to the aft end of the boat than was originally intended by its designer
2. Speaking up 'upgrades' to the cockpit
, I question the utility of an exterior galley
in a boat which already has a galley-up arrangement. I also question the safety/utility of a fiberglass
enclosure for the BBQ. I certainly question the way in which the lines have been led to the cockpit! Rather than being accessible to the helmsperson, the halyards and sheets
have all been led aft of the helm
position and on the starboard side, into this small exterior galley
area. Hardly convenient and, from what I can see, there is no place to store the halyard
tails etc. (except perhaps in the little sink?).
3. The galley is not one I would want for extended living/voyaging: a single
sink with a small 2 burner counter-top stove and no propane oven
? On a boat of that size?
4. The headliner
in the main salon
appears to be old style, glue on vinyl with foam backing. Guaranteed to fail over time, leading to a dirty, saggy headliner
5. I couldn't get the interior
layouts to pop up on their site (perhaps blessedly), but it would appear that you may have to shower
in the head
compartment per se (rather than a dedicated shower
stall). It also does not appear to have a seat for the chart table/nav station. Yes, one could fit a fold-out stool (better than nothing), but it appears that this would interfere with access to the cockpit.
6.The diesel/engine room access does seem to be pretty good, however.