Nautitech Open 46 nr 1 at the La Grande Motte World Multihull
show - will post a short video right after this post.
Sailing: Crunching the numbers, sail area v weight indicate that it isn't as crazy quick as the little sister the Open 40 ... but it's quicker than the competition (barring of course more expensive competition such as the Outremers). Due to time constraints, it was trucked from the factory in W France
to S France
, Paul did the 50 odd mile delivery
in 25-30 knot
winds and told me he reached 16 knots. When I scrolled through the GPS history
, as you can see from the screenshots, this seems to confirm a max of 17 knots was achieved. The short test sail was in 10-20 knot
winds, speeds of 5-8 knots were achieved, with chute/code 0/normal genoa
respectively. Note with the screenshots that there were a couple of dozen people on board, and they were all standing near the stern !
Looks: 10 out of 10 ... Marc Lombard racing
pedigree stuff ..
: finish is very very good (I was quite shocked to see a bad finish in the Catana
Bali range .. and their 43 does not even have full headroom
in the hulls, but I digress). I'd arrange the saloon
area differently to create seating worthy of a 45 footer, the seating inside is comparable to an FP Lucia 40, and a quarter of the saloon
is taken up by the fridges. Leave out chart table like areas altogether, just have a seating area and a galley
area, and don't put a high galley
area right next to a comfortable sofa, it feels cramped. Locate the galley at the back of the saloon, use some overhead lockers so you don't have to bend down all the time, and create sumptuous full saloon width seating; that way the galley will communicate better with the exterior seating area as well. Galley needs to have more than a 2 hob tiny cooker. The two openable portholes in the forward saloon area will create wet salty patches on the sofa and on the kitchen worktop, the yard need to change that ASAP. The novel fast narrow hulls actually are ok when it comes to the interior
of the hulls, owner stateroom is pretty good comparing to the competition, the hull with two cabins feels a bit cramped but that is a logical thing and a price
I would pay for the cool looks and greater speed. It's really only the bridgedeck saloon layout that lets it down somewhat and makes her feel a bit like a smaller cat; but the exterior areas aft and forward are good and commensurate with other modern 45 foot cats.
I would not have the wheels aft version but the flybridge version (coming soon) as I feel like a horse with blinkers on, and as it's too cramped behind the wheel
with people invading personal space too much, I prefer sitting relaxed facing forwards with a full view and keeping the sterns clear and without helmsman seats for traffic into the dinghy
and swimming etc.
point is pretty good, better than the Open 40 actually, after crunching the numbers, this is very well priced for what is a top quality boat. Well done Bavaria for breaking the French catamaran
This boat was my favourite, together with the Lagoon
42. I chose the latter in the end as the dealer I had bought a new Lagoon
from before, got me a perfect delivery
slot without delay (Nautitech have a relatively small production capacity but I understand Bavaria is ramping this up seriously), this year still, and as the L42 delivers the very same space and comfort as the Open 46, a nicer saloon layout and is 4 feet shorter=less hassle and berthing issues and it's a chunk cheaper than the 46 too. If it was just speed, I'd choose the Marsaudon Composites TS42 which having finally seen one, impressed me a great deal, its accomodation was not as basic and small as I believed from drawings. The innovation of the Open 46 is that with Marc Lombard's design it does really offer both speed and comfort at competitive pricepoint, and out of "carbon outremer" high end territory.