As they exited the Panama Canal on March 1, Jim and Linda completed their circumnavigation on Chesapeake! We met Jim at our very first boat show in 1998 with nothing more than pictures of the mold plugs.
Congratulations Jim and Linda!
We will NOT be in the Miami Strictly Sail this weekend, but have an Outbound 46 available to view in Ft. Lauderdale.
Please call Phil Lambert at 949.275.2665 to schedule an appointment.
We have just completed a 400 mile passage from the Tasman Peninsula on the SE corner of Tasmania to Eden on the SE corner of NSW. We usually do this passage over a week or two with day sails, but a weather window opened for down wind and reach sailing all the way with winds in the 20-25kn range. So, short on time, we decided to take it. We had 18hrs down wind poled out plus Solent, then shifting to a broad reach for much of the trip. Bass Strait is notorious for fairly rough conditions and for about 24hrs we had 2m to 3m swells and wind waves from 3 directions making it pretty unpleasant. The Outbound performs incredibly well in all conditions. It is quite amazing that after setting the course and the sails, the boat looks after itself and her crew with virtually no intervention. Even when the wind pipes up +50%, she does not complain. Good watch keeping practice dictates that someone should always be on watch, but there are times when we are in low traffic areas and I can take naps relying on AIS and radar alarms, with complete confidence in the boat – even with auto-pilot steering down wind while poled out. This was rarely possible with our previous boat. The Outbound feels very solid and pushes through most seas with ease. We regularly get real 8’s and 9’s with 20+ apparent (and up to 16kn surfing the swells).. At the end of a long passage we have the usual weariness from lack of good sleep, but never physically exhausted due to the demands of managing the boat.
The attached picture shows Suzanne at the bow enjoying one of our rare motoring passages as we approach the Hole in the Wall between the Tasman Peninsula and Tasman Island, more time to appreciate the stunning scenery!
Thanks for building us such a great boat.
The experience of Chris and his wife cruising the difficult Tasman Sea for 10+ years in their Farr 1220 before moving up to the Outbound 46 gives this testimonial a bit more weight.
We had 6 great weeks cruising Northland NZ. A weather window opened up after the latest tropical cyclone (Winston) dissipated so we cleared out of Opua on Saturday to get in sync with a S>SE>E heading west from NZ. We are currently flying along in 20-28kt SE with seas to match. The OB46 is a great sea boat. We can confidently go below and let her handle the conditions, which she does better than us.
We have sailed almost 3000nm (since delivery Aug 16, 2015) on our new OB46 and have found her a very capable and comfortable boat. She attracts a lot of admiration and attention where ever we go.
We will not display in this years Strictly Sail but we do have a 2015 Outbound 46 available to see in Ft Lauderdale. Please call 949.275.2665 to arrange a private showing.
Our next show will be the Annapolis Spring Boat Show, April 22-24.