Just came back from the show and wanted to chime in... Personal favorite (in the 38-45' < $600K range) was the Admiral 40, hands down!
I was very impressed with the overall boat and it really felt HUGE for a 40' cat. Excellent use of space and TONS of storage
. The owner's hull
is especially wide - Admiral shifted the whole saloon
to port to allow for this (not custom, this is how they come from the factory). The windows are simply enormous and make the interior
feel so open. Finish is not as high end as some other boats and some may call this a "plastic cat," that being said it's a very nice boat and appears to be relatively easy to clean/maintain. Funny
thing is I almost didn't bother looking at this boat since I had been on an Admiral 38 and really did not care for it. The 40 is truly in a league of its own and (to me) has little, if anything, in common with the 38.
Other notable points:
* great galley
with lots of space
* big cockpit
with full enclosure
* hardtop bimini
with sail window above helm
* good bridgedeck clearance
* most lines lead back to helm
* big davits
(same ones used on the Admiral 50). Don't quote me, but I think they're rated to 850lbs!
* wide side decks
Here's the real kicker
... this boat comes fully equipped for long term cruising
right from the factory. Including:
* Radar/full electronics
package & saloon
....list goes on
At $425-450K, that's a lot! Compare something like Antares 44 with all that cruising kit, and the price
is much higher. Likewise, compare a L420 in that price range and you probably won't find all those goodies included.
I spoke to the owner (long time mono sailor) for some time who took delivery
this past summer and sailed it back from SA. Had nothing but praises to say about the boat. Same goes for the company... sounded like they responded well to any repairs
etc that came up. He was talking about hitting 18 kts (NOT surfing) at one point and his blog from the crossing notes several 24 hr passages well over 200 NM. I was supposed to sail with him on Tue, though it didn't work out, so I can't comment first hand on performance.
DEFINITELY a boat worth looking at if you're in this price range. I still cannot believe this is a 40' cat! Seriously.
I don't want to hijack the thread, but I'd love to hear from others who viewed this boat...
PS: I'm not a sales guy or work with Admiral in any way!