It seems the people who have a flybridge love it, and people who don't have one would never have one. It'a all kind of a silly argument.
I've sailed the L440 quite a bit, and love the flybridge. As far as a "disconnect", I was less disconnected on the L440 flybridge than I am on my FP semi-flybridge. On the L440 fly, there's enough room for at least 6 up there. It was a great place for everyone to hang out. My FP semi fly has room for 3 max, and you're shoulder to shoulder.
One of the factors that made me buy the FP after chartering the L440 and making 6 trips from Florida
to the Bahamas
on it, was short handed sail handling. It's possible to double hand the L440, people do it all the time, but it's easier to double hand my FP48. My winches are all clustered together right at the helm
, although I do have to get out of my seat, and the boom is much lower. On the L440 I had to climb the mast
after every sail just to secure the halyard
so it wouldn't bang the head
of the main up and down all night. This doesn't even take into account trying to get the lazy bag zipped. On my FP, both tasks are super simple. When tacking or gybing my FP, the winches are right in front of me. On the L440, the winch
for the main and traveler are behind me, and the two winches for the genoa
are 20 feet apart on the cabin
top. Just a few examples of things that are easier. There are more of course.
I would also never sail my cat in the southern ocean. It's "not a serious boat", and neither are 99% of the cats made. Ignore such comments. If you were dreaming of sailing the southern ocean in 60+ knot
winds and 7 meter seas, anything other than a heavy mono and a fully protected helm
station wouldn't even enter the picture. People buy cats for comfort and stability. I don't care what boat you're in, 60kt wind
and 7 meter seas are neither comfortable or stable.