I'm going to revive this thread because I have some strong opinions about the Nautitech 44 and am interested in seeing what others think.
I delivered one a few years ago in foul weather
. The performance and handling characteristics of the boat under power and sail were fine, but there were a number of other "features" which I, and the other experienced delivery captain
aboard, strongly disliked. Here they are:
- Aft Helms
. Absolutely no protection from the weather
at the helm
, poor visibility forward when docking
(I had to post crew on the opposite bow as a lookout) -- opposite bow is totally obscured, awkward to access engine
controls (need arms about 4 feet long), a very short distance to being overboard
off the stern.
- Anchor arrangement
. Absolutely the worst arrangement I have ever used. It is almost impossible to deploy or retrieve the anchor
without banging it against the bow. This boat was a charter
boat and the bow was badly beat-up, the charter
company attempted to mitigate the issue by affixing stainless rub rails on the bow, but even those were getting damaged. Also, the installation
assumes that your windlass
is in good working order, if your windlass
should fail then, due to the very close quarters of this install, handling the ground tackle by hand is going to be very inconvenient and potentially dangerous.
- "Sun roof"
in hard top Bimini
. Rainwater builds up around the tracks of this "sun roof" and dumps into the cockpit
each time boat rolls a bit...inevitable at the moment you are walking below it!
- Holding Tank Storage
. Gravity dump holding tanks
are good idea, but mounting them and their storage
area so close behind the head
that you have to put your head
between your knees to sit on the toilet is not!
Because of these annoying features, this is the only boat I have ever sailed that I just flat don't like. The other captain
This boat received Boat of The Year awards which to me totally discredited this publicity circus. Apparently the awarding magazine was too busy cashing the advertising check to bother actually sailing the boat!
A few pics attached of my "favorite" features.