Nautitech Open 40
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An innovative and successful 40 footer
In designing the Nautitech Open40, we wanted to achieve the ideal balance for creating a boat with general appeal, aimed for long distance cruising. The emphasis was placed on ease of use, thanks particularly to fixed keels (wrongly reputed to be inefficient!) and an incredibly simple deck layout, keeping it light. The other parameters were:
- a modern fit-out, spacious, equally at home on charter or for circumnavigating
- an easily understood technical area, easy to maintain, all while keeping very good performance and a sensitivity at the helm
- an increased bridgedeck clearance to take on big seas offshore.
And the result is clear: fine hulls, generous sail area, and lightweight construction allowing the 40 to perform well in light airs. With truly above average speed, the N40 goes upwind with very little leeway, which limits the amount of engine use, all too common on cats on this point of sail. The gamble on an open cockpit protected by simple screens has paid off, even in a fresh breeze in February the cockpit remains protected. No doubt that in summer conditions, the concept will show its real significance. To sum up, a catamaran with corresponding comfort and performance… right on target! At the ML Yacht Design Group office, it’s a boat we are proud of – Marc Lombard.
Clever and private cabins
In the two versions available the heads/shower rooms are pleasantly laid out. Comfort being provided by the positioning midships. The cabins are equipped with practical storage (lockers under the bunks for large bags or hanging bags), nice shelving units allow you to organize all your personal stuff (bedtime reading, portable electronics, glasses, etc), a split step is fitted into one corner to make it easier to climb into bed. Ventilation, natural light and electrics have been carefully dealt with, the fit-out in the starboard hull of the owner’s version harmonizes perfectly with the Open 40 principle.
The Open 40 is fun and safe when let loose on the open sea. The 40 shows its astonishing capability for speed and agility, while remaining comfortable.
A reviewers summary
Elegant, lively, good sailplan, well built, the Nautitech Open 40 is an excellent modern catamaran. The concept of fitting out the bridgedeck, linking the ergonomic qualities of a deck salon to those of a comfortable interior will appeal to many. Easy to handle, efficient hulls, will even convert monohull sailors.