Craig Tomash, Kelowna, British Columbia CAN asks:
Congratulations on your magnificent cruise and thank you so much for taking the time to keep all of your fans updated.
We are also seriously considering an N46 for our retirement and like
you we will have to sell everything to afford the full time liveaboard/cruising lifestyle on a Nordhavn. A big step to take both
financially and emotionally!
Our dream boat is a N46 with flybridge.May I ask you to make comment on how you came to choose the flybridge N46 and to share with us the positives and negatives of having a F/B.
Thank you once again.... best wishes.
Craig & Jan
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Craig and Jan, sounds like a familiar plan to us. Mary and I were US east
coast boaters when we ordered Egret. Because of the good weather we spent
all of our time in the flybridge on our previous trawler. During our
northern travels to Nova Scotia we were inside most of the time because of
being at sea and because of the cold. Until we got to Maine, and then only
on sunny warm days, were we in the flybridge. The balance of the US east
coast and Bahamas, weather permitting, we were in the flybridge for those
two years. In the Med we were in the flybridge 80% of the time unless we
were doing a night hop. There is simply more to see from a flybridge than
in a pilothouse.
Egret has a big top supporting solar panels and our main radar. We had the
sides dropped 8" or so to give even more shade. We only get direct sun for
about an hour and a half in the morning. One big use of the flybridge is
for entertaining. Most entertaining is done with sailboaters. They LOVE to
be up high so they can see without looking through sailboats' obstacles
forward of their steering station.
We also use the flybridge controls for anchoring and docking.
If your boat is going to live in cold climates or high latitudes, we would
recommend not having a flybridge. You would be more comfortable inside
because of the cold so would rarely use your flybridge.
Bottom line. We love our flybridge and would order it again. If you are
indifferent one way or the other - if a flybridge boat becomes available,
don't shy away. We believe a flybridge boat has better resale. A used,
well-maintained 46 is a wonderful home. You'll see. Good luck.
Egret's worst weather was recent when traveling down the southern Argentine
coast. We were well offshore (45nm) just to get into 150' of water but were
still in a heavy tidal current flow. The wind was sustained over 30 and
gusting quite regularly to 45 or so. Even with the Naiad electronic
stabilizer controls cranked up we could not come close to maintaining our
course in those beam seas. The waves were very tight and powerful. We had
to 'powerboat hove too' by running into the seas no more than 5 degrees off
the wind and waves motoring W toward shore (Egret's original course was SW)
until we could finally fall off a bit more then resume our course when the
seas laid down a little. A well-built sailboat could have run off to the SE
under little sail but then would have to beat her way back after the blow.
As you know there are an infinite number of combinations of wind and seas.
I hope these three examples give you a little insight. You have a worthy
goal. If you meet that goal you will see wind and waves aren't that big of
a deal after your Nordhavn acclimation. Don't worry about the what ifs.
What you will be amazed with is the comfort vs what you are used to.