Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Very interesting boats to be sure and I certainly like the idea of the cuddy. With Shannon it would be very well built and priced accordingly. Really like the choice of rigs. The schooner one is intriguing for sure.
While in general I like the boat, I have some comments based on 20,000 miles offshore in the last couple of years.
- since so many passages are made in the trade winds you probably would still need canvas at the aft end of the cuddy to keep the spray and wind out. These could roll up easily
- for my wife, the lack of a double berth in the 46 would be deal breaker (ignoring the money!); surely you should be able to put a decent double berth (something like the 52 has) in a 46 footer.
- I would make the nav area smaller for starters. We have gorgeous, large chart table but is much underused (and yes, we have at least a could hundred paper charts on board to backup the electronics). For the number of times we used the paper charts they could go on the saloon table
- what is the point of having two heads in a boat that is clearly designed for a couple?
- hull sheer is lovely and I like the overall appearance of the boat except for the cuddy windows; I imagine they could do a different shape for you though
Overall I prefer the 52 to the 46. I think it looks better, has the double, and they did not think it necessary to have a separate nav area in the bigger boat.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.