I didn't get a chance to attend the show and, as a result, I can't speak to the quality of the build. However, there are a few things that bother me about the design:
1. I agree with those who are critical of the curved aft deck
- apart from aesthetics ( I personally think it is incongruous to the design of a boat that is otherwise extremely angular in appearance), it certainly will reduce protection for the dinghy
. Worse still, it will put that weight much further aft, which would tend to increase the tendancy for hobby-horsing. Carry it on deck
? I guess, but what sort of block and tackle/swivelling arms will be required to lift
it and swing it over the deck? In any event, having to store the dinghy
on the aft deck largely defeats the purpose of the deck, does it not?
2. The current
trend in design is to have relatively large knuckles topside that increase interior
volume above the waterline, while maintaining relatively narrower hulls at the waterline in order to assist in performance. The knuckles on this design are rather small, suggesting to me that BWL will be quite high. This will likely hamper performance. On the other hand, it does provide for increased floor area - something which the interior
design of this boat takes advantage of.
3. While large fixed ports
in the side of the hulls is a current
design trend, the ones on this boat are rather extreme. Does anyone really believe that they will be as strong as the hulls if subjected to a large wave from the beam? Put another way, even when docking
would you be prepared to hang fenders against them? Note that there is precious little space between some of these portlights
- has anyone thought what might happend if you are docking
in bad conditioins and one of the fenders is pushed back from the hull
against a window?
4. From what I can see, the headliner
is largely glued-on, foam-backed vinyl. While this was much more common in the early days of catamarans, experience has shown that within about 10 years the glue/foam will fail, leading to an unsightly, sagging mess. This is to say nothing of the fact that it makes access to any leaking hardware
on deck extremely difficult.
5. The interior was clearly designed to emulate a modern, upscale condo more than a boat. Yes, there is a trend in the industry towards sharp-edged joinerwork - and it makes perfect sense from a manufacturers perspective as it is looks 'more-modern' and is cheaper to produce. However, make no mistake, it is also dangerous in a seaway. The high-lo table in the salon
is one good example. Look at how small the passageway is around it - perhaps a foot and a half? In a moving boat, how many people will smash their shins against the sharp edge of that table? Of course, just as one can compensate for the dinghy storage
issues by setting up an elaborate lifting system in order to store the dinghy on deck, when in use in all but calm seas, the crew of this boat could compensate by wearing hockey shin pads.
Overall, I see a boat that was designed to be the darling of the boat-shows. However, aspects of design that look great dockside - a curved aft 'porch'; large fixed portlights
on the sides of the hull
that substantially brighten up the interior; modern, sharp-edged furnishings; sofas and chairs rather than traditional settees (wasted storage
space be damned!); soft, padded headliners rather than hard fiberglass
; increased BWL to increase the area of the cabin sole
- all have a cost in the real world of sailing.