Outbound 46

Norris Comer New Boats

Outbound 46The Outbound 46 has been sailing the high seas for over 15 years, yet here we are, admiring the popular build that’s still dishing out new hulls into 2019. What gives?

Outbound 46 specsRight away, the observant will note a few of the 46’s unique features. The solent rig—two headsails placed close together fore and aft in line with each other, essentially a cutter rig with less space in between the headsails—is an arrangement some sailors swear by, often lauding the effective downwind performance. With those two headsails up and the wind at your back, this fin-keeled yacht should fly in comfort. The 46 also features a bluewater cockpit that’s modestly sized and deep-set. The cockpit is also partially covered by a generous molded sea hood with a large dodger and canvas Bimini. The 46 isn’t all business, however, and there is a swimstep aft for those fun-in-the-sun activities and dinghy deployment.

Inside, the semi-raised salon and rich woodwork is spacious and even romantic, with a handful of layout choices that all include a spacious galley to port upon entry, nav table to starboard, and large salon with seating forward. The options mostly focus on the nature of the two staterooms/berths and the arrangement of the two enclosed heads.

Overall, it’s easy to see why the Outbound 46 has a reputation as an ideal world-rounding couple’s boat. If interested, you can contact local dealer Swiftsure Yacht Sales for more information and pricing.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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