Outbound 521 Center Cockpit

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Clean Lines & Low Freeboard

Explore Outbound 521

Built For Offshore

Explore Outbound 521
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Outbound 521 Center Cockpit

Explore Outbound 521

Clean Lines & Low Freeboard

Explore Outbound 521

Built For Offshore

Explore Outbound 521

The Outbound 521 is a capable bluewater cruiser that can be handled by a sailing couple.

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A center cockpit with clean lines, moderate displacement, low freeboard, push button sailing. The refined Outbound 521 is prepared to delight a new generation of sailors.

Critical to our design refinement was building a yacht that can be handled by a cruising couple with ease. This means a moderate displacement hull, a low cockpit, and a short companionway. The result is a comfortable, easy to handle, and safe offshore passagemaker.

Performance, Safety, & Comfort

  • Offshore Center Cockpit

    Designed and built to be as comfortable offshore as she is on the hook, the 521 features a center cockpit that is deep and secure. Sails and instruments are within easy reach and the short companionway makes the cockpit an extension of the interior with easy and safe access.

  • Safety & Performance

    At Outbound Yachts we tackle safety from a performance and ergonomic point of view. Yachts designed to sail fast, not to mention avoid adverse weather. The 521 is optimized to fight fatigue with simple systems and excellent ergonomics, making her simply safer for the cruising couple.

  • Liveaboard Comfort

    The center cockpit design lends itself to accommodations below that are ideal for both cruising couples and liveaboard families. The semi-raised salon is spacious and bright. The lovely passageway galley provides plenty of room for owners who enjoy cooking.

Design & Sail Plan

The Outbound 521, designed by Tim Kernan, is recognized for not only its beauty but also as a seaworthy hull that can cross any ocean. She is designed as a cutter, which has proven to be versatile and easy to handle for a couple. A fine entry, relatively low freeboard, and her aft sections being free of unnecessary drag makes for an easily driven hull. These same characteristics help her to be well balanced and extremely comfortable in a seaway.

Hull & Deck

A solid, thick, hand-laid hull with a vacuum infused cored deck, makes for a stiff, rugged boat. While underway it is easy to walk forward or aft on the generous side decks. As with any high-quality offshore cruising sailboat, exterior handholds are abundant. While safety at sea is paramount, her deck also lends itself to lounging in a secluded anchorage. The wide sugar scoop transom leads to an aft deck space perfect for relaxing on.


The center cockpit creates space down below that cruising couples have become accustomed to in a high-quality bluewater sailboat. However, the Outbound 521 also keeps to her roots and features a deep, safe cockpit that is very rare on center cockpit sailboats. All winches are within easy reach, allowing the helmsperson to trim sails while piloting.

Hard Dodger

In keeping with Outbound tradition, the 521 is built with a robust hard dodger. This dodger provides protection from weather and is also easy to see through while sailing. A cutaway in the dodger, along with a short companionway, allows for easy movement between the cockpit and the interior.

Built For
Offshore Sailing

Outbound Yachts are built to sail anywhere. From stiff construction, to high-quality hardware, there are no shortcuts taken. As important as excellent construction and having the best equipment available is, the ability to easily perform maintenance on every system also means your Outbound will be sailing while others are dockside.

  • Hardware From Top Brands Including Selden, Lewmar, & Harken
  • Double Headstay Rig
  • Electric Furlers
  • Self-Tailing Winches
  • Rigid Hull & Deck Construction

    100% hand-laid solid fiberglass hull and the deck is vacuum bagged Divinycel for maximum rigidity.

  • Premium Sailing Hardware

    From electric furlers and self-tailing winches to hydraulic backstays, the Outbound 521 is equiped with hardware from the industry's best manufacturers.

  • Fitted With North Sails

    Regarded as the most sophisticated sails in the world, North Sail utilizes modern design programs and the most advanced building techniques.

  • On Deck Safety

    Designed with serious offshore sailing in mind, all aspects from wide side decks and nonskid patterns to lifeline height and handrail placement were considered to create a safe deck.

Outbound 521 Specs & Options

Comfortable & Spacious

One of the advantages of a center cockpit sailboat is the large master aft cabin. The spacious layout with large berth and an abundance of storage, drawers, and hanging lockers will make you feel right at home.

Luxury Craftsmanship

Fine woodworking and craftsmanship can be found throughout every Outbound yacht. You can customize your choice of wood and finishes to have the interior look and feel you desire.

Offshore Sensibility

Cooking enthusists will love the Outbund 521 passageway galley. Passageway galleys, another hallmark of center cockpit sailboats, provide added safety and ease when preparing meals while underway, as well as offer ample counter and storage space.

Onboard Workspace

With modern technology and navigation, nav stations and chart desks aren't as essenstial as they once were on sailboats, but they are certainly nice to have. The nav station also serves as a comfortable and practical place to work remotely.

Built For Onboard Living

The Outbound 521 is first and foremost a modern cruising sailboat that is safe offshore and checks all the boxes for serious sailing. In addition to great sailing features, upon stepping down below, you will quickly realize that one of the most appealing aspects of this bluewater cruiser is the luxurious interior. It is rare to find a sailboat that offers so much interior space and comfort, but does not sacrifice sailing performance, and can still be easily handled by a couple.

  • Classic styling and fine woodwork throughout.
  • Passageway galley, often the preferred choice by bluewater sailors.
  • Large aft master owner's suite with private head.
  • A forward guest cabin that is as nice as the master cabin on most cruising sailboats.
  • Midship cabin serves as a utility workroom but can also be used as an extra crew cabin with berth.

Interior Tour


Upon entering the salon, you immediately get a sense of the space and luxury comforts that the the Outbound 521 provides.

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A safe and spacious passageway galley, often the preferred choice by bluewater sailors.

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Nav Station

The dedicated nav station and chart desk is perfect for for planning your voyages or working with a laptop.

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Aft Master Cabin & Ensuite Head

For those who plan to spend significant time living aboard, a large owner's suite is one of the most desireable interior features on cruising sailboat.

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Forward Guest Cabin

The 521 has a large, comfortable forward guest cabin with centerline queen berth.

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Forward Head

Guests will appreciate the large forward head which features full stall shower.

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Midship Cabin/Workroom

The midship cabin makes for a prefect utility workroom. It can also serve as an extra cabin and berth when needed.

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Customize With The
Latest Technology & Equipment

Outbound Yachts rely on proven equipment, but constantly consider and employ the latest available marine technology to improve each boat. Every boat is semi-custom and built to order, alleviating the need for customers to install aftermarket customizations.

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Lithium Ion Batteries

The optional lithium ion battery package modernizes every Outbound and revolutionizes power usage.

Selden SMF System

The engineers at the largest mast manufacturer in the world created the synchronized in-mast furling system and it is available on every Outbound model. Furling an in-mast sail with perfect outhaul tension reduces the worry of fouling a mainsail. Additionally, it means owners will deploy the main more often, which translates to more days sailing.


Offshore connectivity is now available through Starlink systems. Having internet available while sailing anywhere on the planet is truly a game changer.

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Outbound Yachts are quality bluewater sailboats built for offshore cruising. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a showing.

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