Originally Posted by brainmaker
Finally, forgetting money
for a moment - I find it so sad that the fabulous boat that the Nautitech Open 40 is, is ruined by (1) the silly cramped wheels at the back that impair visibility and force you to constantly walk up and down, pushing people out of the way to check that the other half of your vision is clear (if you sail the boat with a few people, guess what they are milling about in the same fashion as well) (2) the interior just doesn't work, the inside seating is too small. They should get a flybridge seat version, with a clever Catana/Bali folding door to make the outside area inside and tweak that interior to be better.
Having said all that .. yes the one that does make sense is the Open 46 flybridge. But - that is a bit big ...
Hi Brainmaker, Im going to see the 46 at La Grande Motte, will let you know thoughts...... just a few comments on the helm
position.....Bruno of Nautitech and I had often argued about the twin helms, with me always saying I would never get them, and him saying if you like to sail and want the best feeling of sailing then they were essential. I always preferred flybridges, or on a smaller boat semi fly/bulkhead helm
like a Nautitech 541.
Obviously like anything on a cat, it's a compromise and depends what your bias is. I spent two years looking at every cat I could in the 40-45 range, and the N40 was by far and away my favourite in terms of sailing, and I now actually like those steering
positions, I find the feel under sail intoxicating, and closer to a mono than the other positions. If you want a lounge about charter
cat then get a flybridge, middle of the road is a bulkhead helm, and sailing feel is the twin helm. Once you get used to it you actually enjoy it more I believe, and it's certainly better for a UK based boat IMHO.
Bruno was always of the view that he would not do BH helm, but given the way FP/Lagoon are going with split choice and the fact the N46 has two options then who knows, maybe we will see it on the 40!
I also find myself loving the lines of the boat more than most and that can be spoilt by a BH helm IMHO. With regard to your earlier comments re making the open part encased with fixed doors like the Bali, that would add quite a lot of weight....Ive used the boat in winter quite a lot and its easily warm enough with the heating
inside the canvas
. I sailed the Bali, and found it slightly pitchy, and its movement through the water
nowhere near as smooth, though it was a lovely boat inside. I think one of the N40's best points is it's very smooth motion through the water
, doesn't feel like most cats. Again, it's a compromise.
I agree with your comments re cabin
ventilation, could be better. I also agree with your comments re the cupboards and galley
eqmnt too small, were having extra cupboards installed on the top, and we made further storage
by installing some small stainless steel
bars in front of the kitchen workshop, as well as a sliding in /out storage
area behind the fridge matched to the other units. We also made a small bar/glass holder made of corona in the centre to the right of the galley
much to Paul's amusement, he said Smitten will never see 20 knots again! Maybe we will still get 15-18! (-:
I also like the build quality, the boat doesn't make a squeak, and customer service from Key Yachting is extremely good as Ive mentioned in other posts. Compared to the likes of FP the quality is another level up IMO.
I'm still learning
about boat ownership
but really enjoying it so far and very happy with choice of boat, it's not perfect but as near to I could find!
If anybody wants to hear more or call me just PM me for details