Yes I love the Bestevaer but that particular boat is a no no. You should not make an aluminum boat with a traditional design and let it unpainted. That's a contradiction, a wrong play. That 45fter boat looks like a war machine, not a beautiful traditional boat
Look at the original design: The aluminum is painted
Some time ago you have posted a bigger one, a 54 if I am not wrong, painted and so much more beautiful:
Nothing wrong with the design of the 45, something wrong with the owner of that boat that probably have insisted in not having is boat paint. I know that not only aluminum boats don't need to be painted as they can have even some advantages in not being paint (unless the paint job is a very expensive and very good one) but one thing is functionality other are aesthetics and in what regards that, for letting it naked you have to have a modern functional design, not a classical design or a traditional one.
That plain view aluminum looks well on a Cigale or on a German 39 but not on a traditional boat like the Bestevaer. By the way do you know the German 39?
It is a great design, you know it is not easy to make a 45ft deck saloon look good, but a 39? that's another story and the German 39 is not only a great boat, fast and seaworthy, but it also looks right, with an integrated space for the tender and again, that's amazing on a 39ft boat. It is designed by a great South African Architect, Berckemeyer. Take a look at his designs, you are going to be surprised:
Berckemeyer Yacht Design
Regarding the German 39, that is made in Germany in a small scale production facility, the boat only weights 7.5T, has 2X900L of water ballast, 2.4T of ballast on a bulbed lifting keel. That bulb when in sailing position is really down at 2.5m contributing (with the water ballasts) to a huge initial stability and providing a good AVS and a good reserve stability. When looking for a place to anchor the boat has only 1.1m draft (keel up) and that permits it to get really close to land and permits to get a better shelter.
The German 39 has 97,5m2 of sail and that with a displacement of 7.5T makes it a fast boat and a very fast one with lots of wind. That huge stability permits it to maintain all its sail up when others have already reefed.
Take a look at the polar speed:
This is an easy 8/9K boat that with over 20K will go easily on two figure numbers. It was the kind of stern (with two rudders) that will provide a safe and easy downwind ride, even with lot's of wind.
Andrew, this is one of my favorite, it has the right size the flexibility of an acrobat and I would probably have one if I could. The boat is not even expensive considering the Aluminum, the type of keel, the rig, the water ballasts and the good quality interior, but all that quality stuff is expensive, so it is clearly out of my budget....but what a boat