Obviously they are not cheap
, but I would argue a Chris White Atlantic offers the best mix of luxury fit and finish along with truly impressive performance. So many variables on boat speeds - having said that, I sailed on a (loaded
) A55 from Halifax
to Puerto Rico
this past fall in 8.5 days... Boat speed averaged in the teens, topped at 20kts - the boat has seen 26kts before (non of which was surfing).
Handles big seas incredibly well, awesome BD clearance, ridiculously comfortable live-aboard qualities, huge galley
, tons of storage
, inside helm
station, boards aid in performance... I could go on. Something to be said when you can comfortably bake fresh bread, read a book and relax while averaging
15kts 1000nm off-shore.
I wasn't sure how I'd like the forward "mono-style" helm
station (vs the typical aft position). I was surprised how nice it was... Terrific, protected station right at the mast
, all lines are right there as opposed to having to run them aft (or worse, hidden like a Catana
- I wouldn't want to have to work on that setup in heavy weather). Having that forward location offers incredible visibility. A little extra attention must be given aft when docking
, but hardly an issue worth mentioning. If things get nasty, the inside helm station is terrific. Great orientation with the inside helm and nav stations both facing forward. Visibility in the pilot house is phenomenal - this is a true sailor's cat.
As with any discussion such as this, it's very personal... Just my .02, but the A55 or A57 would be my first pick, hands down. It's an active, exciting boat to sail (or race) and a serious passage
maker. Chris White sure knows what he's doing.... and he does it with (a lot of) style!
ps: They are cheaper & much nicer in fit/finish than a big Gunboat. In my opinion overall more "bomb proof" with things hit the fan. Gunboats are cool toys, but with all the hype, I think there are better boats for the buck in that category.