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Salona 41 boat test
As a way of giving a better information about the boats posted on this thread, I am going to post links to independent boat tests, regarding those boats.
Kind of a second opinion
The first one will be about the Salona 41
"SALONA have been steadily enhancing their reputation, sailing to considerable successes on the European race tracks with their 37 which was ‘Boat of the Year’ in 2007 and won many regattas including the Copa del Rey and more recently it took third spot at this year’s ORCi worlds in Flensburg, Germany as also did the Salona 42 which was skippered by Croatia’s former Finn Olympian Karlo Kuret, writes YL racing editor Andi Robertson.
The new J&J designed Salona 41 made an unmissable UK debut at the Southampton Boat Show. With loud ‘70s throwback graphics which would make Starsky & Hutch’s toes curl, it was a cruel way to disguise one of the show’s more interesting and exciting debut cruiser-racers.
Probably the least said about the graphics soonest mended, but suffice to say that they are only self adhesive, nothing a couple of hours with hairdryers and a scraper wouldn’t sort.
Nevertheless, the 41 is a good looking, modern design which neatly delivers all that is required of an adaptable performance cruiser.
From wide sidedecks, sunbathing areas, a massive unobstructed cockpit, a sympathetic deck and coachroof line, to an easily achieved fast sailing performance and a simply executed but spacious and comfortable layout down below, the Croatian built Salona 41 is a most acceptable alternative to some of the big name continental and Scandinavian offerings at this size range.
The Salona 41 is built using an ultra modern vacuum bagged resin infusion process which produces a light, stiff, resistant hull.
Salona take considerable store from their use of a substantial stainless steel chassis which accepts the rig, mast and keel loads and this and other key areas are bolstered by e-glass triaxial laminate reinforcements. Below the waterline they use clear rather than white gelcoat.
She is a light, sprightly boat which accelerates smoothly and evenly and feels positive on the helm, but still appeared pretty stiff, ideal for fast short handed sailing.
There is a standard 140% furling genoa which would be well suited to the lighter summer winds off the Adriatic and Med, but we generally felt the boat moved well under the sail power we had and for long periods we had less than 10 knots of breeze accompanied by late summer Mediterranean sunshine.
Reaching in nine knots of breeze we were achieving 7.4-7.5 knots with a pleasing smooth wake, and little attention to the helm.
The boat tracks beautifully and the twin carbon wheels are great, offering excellent all round visibility. Shame we did not have a big reaching gennaker to get all excited with.
Certainly we were taken with the cockpit and generally with the ergonomics. The deep coamings around the cockpit give a good seat hold when the boat heels, or is heeled which rather compensates for the lack of foot or toe holds.
We had a short beat back into Hamble with the offshore breeze puffing up to 15-16 knots with some obvious shifts and the Salona 41 really seemed to stay on her feet well, the deep high aspect rudder providing a feather light feel, but also positive grip.
She felt pretty quick, tacking neatly and efficiently with the small, non overlapping headsail making life easy for the short handed crew. The Salona 41 always felt manageable and pleasingly predictable with no nasty surprises.
Looking forward there is a well executed sprayhood recess rail which does not alter the deckline significantly. The coachroof offers a good halyard deck cover which is easily removed but does offer a wide, fairly flat sunbathing space.
On our test boat we especially liked the solid handholds. The galley is spacious with good stowage options and plenty of work space and opposite, the nav station is equally well appointed with a comfortable seating position. ....
The aft cabin is also well appointed for the size of boat this is, with good floor area and a little living space as well as good stowage. And at the bow the forward double cabin shows those same key values of space, light and comfort, being easily kept and maintained.
Overall we liked the Salona 41 a lot. From a company which is certainly one of the emerging strong brands, this is an exciting offering at an excellent price.
Last edited by PCP; 10-23-2013 at 10:14 AM.