Originally Posted by wagonmonster
how about sailing performance?
the Nordship is defiantly an offshore boat that can pretty much go anywhere with out having to do much to upgrade the rigging
, from what i have read.
how about the Waquiez? (its been alot harder to find information on it)
Probably with light wind the Wauquiez will be faster but today with very easy furling
that would not be a problem. I remember a test sail on a French magazine between the Wauquiez 41 and the Nordship 40. The proportion in what regards weight was similar to the one on the bigger boats you mention and the Nordship, to everybody's surprise was faster. The test was not performed with a lot of wind, just medium wind.
In this case, taking in consideration that the 47 is bigger and has a bigger waterline it is expected to be faster than the Nordship 43.
Almost any 47ft boat will not have problems offshore and the Wauquiez will not be exception. However the standard boat comes with a big genoa while the Nordship comes with a smaller jib
on a self taking jib
. That will make the Nordship more easy to sail in heavy weather. But I am sure that a similar set up can be proposed on the Wuaquiez.
The Nordship will have a different motion compared to the Wauquiez: It is more heavy and probably more comfortable. I have to say i don't like very much the Wauquiez even if I am sure it is well built and sails well.
You can also have a look at the Southerly 47, that seems better designed to me or if you have the money for it and want speed in a first rate interior DS, to the CR 440 or CR 480:
You can see a short review on the 380Ds here: