Sailing the Nautitech Open 40
When you go sailing on the Nautitech Open 40, you find that everything is set-out to make your sailing experience straightforward.. A fathead main (which does not have to be clipped and un-clipped from the track) is hoisted effortlessly with the electric winch. As you bear off, the solent jib is unfurled and sets beautifully on its self tacking track. In 7.5 knots of wind, single handed, without touching a sheet, the cat tacks through 105 degrees and never drops below 3.6 knots boat speed. Incidentally, the electric winch is standard on Horizon’s charter specification yacht.
There is also an option for a bow sprit and roller furling gennaker. In 7.5 knots true wind, you can unfurl and set the gennaker in a minute or less, and sail at 7.5 knots in 7.5 knots true wind at 70 degrees apparent. The Open 40’s class beating bridge deck clearance means no slapping when the sea state does increase.
You can see the mainsail and the jib with ease, the jib sheet, mainsheet and traveller are all to hand. The topsides are very adequate at the aft quarter, so you do not feel exposed in anyway, and being at deck level, rather than elevated at a coach roof position, makes you feel more secure, and more in touch with the conditions and crew. Of course, the suite of Garmin electronics in harmony with the Garmin autopilot will drive for you, if you wish to move to the cockpit or saloon.
One has to conclude that the Nautitech Open 40 is a very well thought out catamaran, with an excellent turn of speed, handling to match, and layout options to make her very appealing to private purchasers and charter management alike.
The Nautitech Open 40 is a yacht to get truly excited about.