I guess that i'm gonna have to stick with good old boats...
… yes, PeterSailor, I know you wanted small
full keelers; I just could not bring myself to show a photo of the smallest Nauticat 331, it is such an ugly box :-) So, here goes (my next post is more to the point):
Here is one long keeler that is still produced in series and in quite some numbers by the Finnish builder. Nauticat 441
was last renewed in 2009, and they keep going with the smaller models 38 and 331, old designs originating in the 1960s; 1966 for the very first and smallest. It says something about the concept that it is one of the few cruising style 44 footers today made to Category B, i.e. not A for ocean sailing. Almost ironic, when one of the reasons some poeple seek long keelers is their reputed good behaviour on the ocean. This family has never been famous for outstanding sail performance, but do well as floating holiday homes. Their interiors are sumptuous and sure to impress a reluctant spouse.
Nauticat has had to live with the swing away from such shapes, and the models above cannot be said to be their mainstay today. Instead, newer lines with better performance, fin keels (and a much nicer design in my view) are the 321 through 6 models up to the large 515. To make the distinction and sound a bit more "modern", Nauticat now calls these "pilothouse yachts" and the others "motorsailors."
You can knock Nauticat all you wish, but it has a loyal following - some folk began with a 33 and are now on their 3rd or 4th Nauticat. It also holds ridiculously high second-hand values. It doesn't seem to go away - though one doesn't know how long their long keel line will last.
If you had to sum it up in a sentence, it would be "outstanding workmanship and finish", and "a pretty stiff price."
LOA: 14,79 m
LWL: 11,8 m
Beam: 3,75 m
Draft: 1,9 m
Displacement: 16.50 ton
Sails: 115 m_
Height above waterline: 17,5 m
Fresh water capacity: 620 l
Engine: 160 hp
Fuel capacity: 840 l
Boat design category: B