Disclaimer to start: we bought an Excess 11 but will try to be as neutral as possible.
We also sailed FP 40/45 and 47, Lagoon
40/42 and also own a Dehler38SQ (2020) and Dufour45 Performance.
The short answer to your question is: The Excess 11 is super easy to sail and has better performance than Lagoon/FP for sure. Nautitech comes a bit closer but E11 also wins there in practice. The two helmstations will give you a completely different feeling than a flybridge or raised helmstation. So even when you would be going the same speed; you would think you're doing 2 knots more anyway
We did opt for larger steeringwheels in the back (10 cm diameter) bigger as it gives you a better position when standing. I think the positions aft are actually really save; you're much close the water
and can't really be 'thrown' off the top deck
. One major advantage we already noticed with the helm
position is that you can super easily dock
the boat single
handed, go backward, use 1 line and push the front against the dock
. Really easy and not expected than one.
Two things with the Seawind
(note we didn't sail it, only based on YouTube) is the steering wheel
location is weird to me, too close the window. The other thing is that the biggest cost of a boat is the depreciation. I personally don't think galley
down is the future (at all) so I think it will be hard selling such a boat in years from now. The reasons why people choose a cat is because of the level living area.
Regarding the space; it's insane what they did to the inside; 3 full 2 persons bed
; lots of head
room etc. Much more than the Nautitech 40 for example.
Btw we're heading to our Excess 11 "Bombarda" next week and will stay on it for the next year. We will start in Les Sables D'Olonne and will sail the Med including the Caribbean
. Joining the ARC
2021. Feel free to follow us at @sailingbombarda on Instagram. We're currently adding lithium (900 Ah) and 2200 watts of solar
in case you're interested.
Let me know if you have other questions.
Marco - SV Bombarda