This is a boat that offers a simply enormous amount of space, equivalent to a respectably sized apartment, and uses that space in a flexible manner. If you’re after style and comfort and enjoy spending as much time as possible in an outdoor environment then look no further. Given the huge amount of stowage, this boat has the potential to be very comfortable for those wanting to spend extended periods of time on aboard with guests.
This is clearly a boat that would be best enjoyed in warm weather, which may limit the potential for off-season sailing in more northern waters. However, the enclosed bridgedeck still offers a significant amount of space for socialising and dining.
The Open concept aims to blend interior and exterior living spaces as seamlessly as possible. As such it’s ideal for anyone who loves alfresco living in warm weather. Although you have the option to spend lots of time outside, there’s also ample protection from the sun under the solid hardtop bimini. Although this model has a similar layout to the company’s Open 40, it has the space for a much better galley and bridgedeck saloon, along with larger cabins in the hulls with additional privacy and stowage.
The saloon and galley, located at the forward end of the bridge deck, have stunning all-round views through panoramic windows to the front and side. Wide patio doors open onto the alfresco dining and lounging areas below the protection of the rigid bimini. Removable canvas side screens can provide further protection from the elements or from insects here.
There are two en-suite double cabins in each hull, with a shared shower stall. There’s ample natural light and ventilation thanks to hull windows and a plenty of overhead hatches.
Throughout the boat there’s an impressive volume of easily accessed stowage space, as well as ample room to move around without getting in the way of other people.
ON DECK AND PERFORMANCE
The Open 46 was designed by one of France’s most renowned designers, Marc Lombard, who has an enviable record for designing top long-distance racing yachts and well as some of his country’s most popular cruising boats.
The standard arrangement has twin wheels, one at the aft end of each hull, which also form the hub of where the sail handling takes place. Compared to a more common raised helm, this gives better communication with other crew members in the cockpit, although on the downside visibility is more restricted. While the main socialising areas are at the back of the boat, under the protection of the hard bimini, there’s also provision for sunbathing on the open deck areas.
The designers and builders have worked hard to keep weight to a minimum, which will help to keep passage speeds up to good levels. This is certainly a design that in the right conditions ought to repeatedly put in effortless 24 hour runs in excess of 200 miles. Engine power is from twin 40hp Volvo Penta diesels with sail drive transmissions and sufficient tankage to give a range of several hundred miles.
Length overall 13.71m
Beam overall 7.54m
Light displacement 10,800kg
Mainsail 74 sq m
Self-tacking jib 38 sq m
Air draught 22.90m
Fuel 2 x 300 litre tanks
Water 2 x 300 litre tanks
Holiday Pack, includes Lazy-Bag & Lazy-Jacks (colour standard Cadet Grey) Davits and cleats for tender; Cockpit enclosure with door; Cushions for Cockpit; Fridge in Cockpit, 12V, 65l; FUSION Marine Audio Pack; Electric sea water pump galley; 12V plugs (1x per cabin, 1x saloon) Bimini on helm stand Cockpit table manual lowerable to lounge bed (upholstery included) Large cabinet to stbd with 2 drawer stainless steel fridge, 144 liters Foldable & lowerable dinner/coffee table Fans, 1x per cabin & 2x saloon TV Antenna incl. Plug 2x diesel engine Volvo Penta 50 HP Navigation Pack, includes Garmin GPH20 Autopilot, hydraulic, on stbd helm stand; Garmin GMI20 display multifunction, stbd & port; Garmin VHF 300i AIS "Black Edition at chart table; Garmin GPSMap 721 GPS/Plotter at helm stand stbd 2nd VHF at helm station Antifouling: 3x layers Epoxi, 3x layers antifouling
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