As part of our next step on our plan to cruising, we charted a 2014 Lipari 41Evolution this past week (with a captain
for lessons). Our "big boat" sailing experience is pretty limited, so take this for what it is worth.
I found the boat to be beautifully designed. The layout is bright and spacious. One of the things we were worried about is that we would be sick of being on top of each other for a week, but I didn't feel that at all. The smart design just made me realize how much wasted space I'm paying for in my land house. The salon has room for someone to be cooking
and others can still move around comfortably, and access the fridge without interfering with the cook.
The one we chartered was the three cabin
version. The owner's side was spacious, with lots of well-chosen storage. If you need more room for clothes, you are doing it wrong. The head
had an actual shower
compartment. The other hull
had significantly less storage, but made the most of the space that was there.
The cockpit was comfortable and had good visibility. The instruments were all behind the wheel
, so you had to reach around the wheel
to adjust anything if autopilot
was on, or risk the wheel turning on your wrist. Also, the wheel blocked the center of the nav chart, so I found myself taking a step down if I wanted more information on the chart. I'm not sure if you can get it other instrument layouts. I guess it doesn't look much different than most I see on Yachtworld or in videos, but it seemed more annoying than necessary. A few inches here and there might've made a big difference.
The sailing was fine; we were doing between 6-8 knots downwind in 10-12 wind
. Since I don't have a ton of experience, I don't know for sure how that compares, but it sounds like pretty typical numbers for a big cat. Upwind we could sail at 45 degrees to the wind
, but actual course over ground was more like 60 degrees to wind.
So to summarize
Sharp lines, nice design choices, spacious feel, decent sailing, comfort all around, indoor and out. Good visibility from the helm
, and easy steering
in tight quarters using engines only.
We had heads with a rocker switch to fill/empty, and it seemed like it caused problems every time, no matter how careful we were. Maybe it's something we'd figure out over time, but it seemed like way more trouble than I expected. I've used the pump kind before, and it actually seemed to work better than this one.
I'm not going to know the correct terms here, but the area between the cockpit and the roof in front of it has a space that was exactly the width of a the jib
sheet. That meant if you dropped the gib sheet to the right of the winch
, which is easy and natural to do, it would slide into that crack and get caught. It wasn't real hard to get out, but that area of the boat was mangled and chipped from all the times it got caught there. If it were my boat it would be easy enough to fix with some foam or a line jammed in there, but this seemed like a major flaw.
Overall, I loved the boat, and if I had a half million to spend, it would be high on my list. The last few years the cat makers have really figured out how to make the most of the space available, and the Lipari 41 Evolution is an excellent example of that.