Here are two other reviews
of the Maverick 440
I've seen the 420 you refer to in the Durban Marina. I haven't been on it. It looks good from the outside. The sugar scoop extensions made for it could have been more aesthetically pleasing but it was the first attempt at extending the 400's rather steep aft steps.
It's called, or was called, 'Perfect'. The Maverick 400s, that one 420 and the 440s are all laid up in the same mould. The 420 was a 400 that the client at the time requested the factory to extend the sugar scoops.
After that one was manufactured, Rudi then got the designer
of the Maverick, Phil Southwell, to design an extension to the sugar scoops of the 400. The result is the 440 but they are all still laid up in the same moulds. The 400 has an extension added to it to create the 440.
I've spent the last ten odd years looking at various cats, with the intention of buying
a new one when I choose to sell up and cruise
. I do not want a production cat. Cut a long story short, based on my criteria, I've chosen to buy the Maverick 440, I initially had hull
#23 reserved but my plans got pushed out.
Over the last eight years I've got to know a good few of the Maverick 440 owners personally, they have all expressed their satisfaction with their choice. I've sailed on two different Maverick 440s. I have no affiliation to Maverick, other than I think I can say I've seen more Mavericks than anyone other than the people who make them. I've flown to Cape Town
a number of times to visit the factory.
I think if you're going to base your decision to buy any of the various cats out there (in this price
range) on one negative report then you will not buy any cat at all. I've personally have had a long discussion with Rudi about Andando, he's honest about it and the steps that were taken. I'm not going to get into that, save to say I feel satisfied.
Good luck and fair winds.