Here is a video walkthrough of the Saona 47 at La Grande Motte.
"I'm curious how much sundeck lounging is necessary. Is there anyone available to comment on how much they use their sundeck area?"
There are many awnings that attach to hard points on the bow and then lifted with a halyard
. I see them a lot in the Caribbean
as it greatly increases the shaded areal for recreation. You still have the roof deck for sunbathing. These days, people do yoga, TRX, and all kinds of things on their boats. More surface area is kind of the point with cats.
More importantly for me, for bluewater
cruising, I find that having different zones where people can truly get some privacy is actually very good for morale.
"I wonder how much that bridgedeck design is going to slam."
The design rides higher than the Helia but does have the canted walls of the Saba
. Slapping is probably pretty predictable since it so closely resembles existing designs. My understanding is that it's not really an issue. More than the Bali or Lagoon
, but those have SO much more windage.
The only truly new part of this boat
is the davits
. The redundancies with the Helia and Saba
will make this boat
refined from day 1, but that davits
(while wonderful) makes me nervous. Ropes and pulleys can easily be fixed anywhere in the world... and they really don't go in the water. This thing is designed to submerge the mechanism. Or what happens if it rams the dock
? Will the gears jam easily? This is my dream boat right now, but I'm curious to see that davits in action over the next few years.