Experienced sailors know the added safety that comes with good sailing performance: the ability to sail off a lee shore, to fetch a safe harbor that is dead upwind or to complete a passage within the available weather window are key safety factors that should not be overlooked when selecting an offshore passage maker. The OUTBOUND 44/46 speaks to each of these requirements while also acknowledging the value of a comfortable environment in fighting fatigue when offshore and enjoying new surroundings in a far off anchorage.
Designed by the late Carl Schumacher, the OUTBOUND 44/46’s has the solid construction and displacement that give a yacht an easy and forgiving motion; but her lines and design specification define those characteristics…long waterline, moderate beam, high righting moment, proper weight distribution and efficient foils. Her elegant hand crafted interior and semi-raised salon fill the cabin with natural light, comfortable accommodations and superb load carrying capability to ensure the comfort of all who venture out from the confines of a safe harbor.
The OUTBOUND 44/46 is traditional cruising yacht with the performance to get you where you want to go… when you want to go there.
One of the great advantages of a semi-custom yacht is the ability to make some choices in the layout of the interior and in the materials used. Beautifully handcrafted in your choice of wood, Corian and fabric, the traditional interior of the Outbound will be solid and elegantly customized to fit your personal needs. Whatever your choices, the accommodations will be filled with natural light, excellent ventilation and good proximity to those on watch or relaxing in the cockpit. All hatches in the teak and holly cabin sole are locking. Drawers and louvered cabinet doors have positive latches to keep gear in place. Opening ports and hatches provide excellent ventilation. And there are plenty of handholds to ease one’s passage through the cabin when the seas kick up or you’re heeling over.
The master cabin is located in the forward section of the boat with a choice in configurations each with ensuite head: with a full head with separate shower forward the berth is arranged in a Pullman fashion; if a center line double berth is desired, there is a small head with toilet and sink aft and to port; a double offset berth configuration has a full head with separate shower stall aft and to port. In all scenarios, there are drawers below the berth, hanging lockers, and lockers with sliding doors outboard.
The main salon is aft of the owner’s cabin. There is a seven foot long U-shaped dinette to port with a straight settee to starboard. The mid-section of the back rest of the straight settee drops forward to become a small table – great for a game of cards or a place for drinks! Book shelves with adjacent lockers are above both settees. The straight settee pulls out to convert to a comfortable sea berth when underway. A choice of fabrics will give the boat a personal touch.
The U-shaped galley is to port and includes polished Corian counters, forward facing Scandvik double stainless steel sink with Scandvik faucets and Force Ten three burner propane stove with oven and broiler. A microwave locker with roll top cover is above the stove. The freezer/refrigeration boxes are ready to accommodate a refrigeration system. Jabsco fresh and salt water foot pumps augment the pressure hot and cold water system. There is plenty of space for storage of ship’s stores, dishes, cutlery, and pots and pans. While at first glance the galley will easily meet the needs of the most discerning chef, the space also meets the “safety at sea” requirement that is part and parcel of each OUTBOUND yacht. When tucked into the U-section of the galley, one is not only secure but also out of the way of anything that might be launched from the stove top!
The navigation station may be situated either aft or to starboard of the galley. In either scenario the navigator will be in close proximity to those on watch allowing for clear communication with the helmsman. The top opening chart table easily accommodates charts with a built in cabinet forward for a radar/chart plotter. The electrical panel is outboard the helm seat with space forward for mounting additional electronics.
The aft head is finished in molded white surfaces that are both easy to clean and bright. There is a separate enclosed shower with molded seat in the head when located opposite the galley. The shower is integral to the space when aft of the galley. The stainless steel sink is set into a Corian countertop. The cabinet above the vanity has sliding mirrored doors with further storage in the cabinet below. The toilet is a Raritan PHII. The head is well situated next to the companionway, the perfect place to shed salty foul weather gear before entering the main cabin.
The aft stateroom is comprised of a comfortable double berth. Louvered lockers are above and outboard of the berth with additional storage in cabinets along the aft bulkhead. There is a large hanging locker and book shelves as well as two drawers under the berth. Two ports open into the cockpit providing excellent ventilation.
One of the unique aspects of the accommodations aboard the OUTBOUND 44/46 is the space dedicated to the engine and mechanical systems. The mechanical room is aft and to port of the engine compartment. There is a work bench with shelves, lockers and drawers outboard and plenty of space for generator, watermaker or dive compressor inboard under the cockpit sole. The cockpit lazarette opens into the mechanical room and the steering quadrant is accessed through a hatch in the aft bulkhead. The companionway stairs lift easily to provide access to the front end of the engine compartment which is sound insulated. While there is plenty of room for all the gear that makes cruising a pleasure, there is also space available to service these systems in conditions better than most stand up engine rooms.
The hull of the OUTBOUND is constructed of 100% hand laid solid fiberglass laminate…still the preferred choice for the majority of serious offshore cruisers. Each yacht is individually reinforced with a massive system of stringers, longitudinals, and bulkheads that are carefully bonded directly to the hull while it is still in the mold. Laminates are increased in high stress areas and in the bow and bilge for added strength. Bi-axial fiberglass cloth adds to the overall impact resistance, outer layers of vinylester resin will protect against blisters and Ashland MaxGuard premium grade ISO-NPG gelcoat will maintain the yacht’s beauty for years to come. To eliminate troubling keel bolts and for maximum strength the hull and keel are molded as a single laminaton. The keel itself is 6500lb lead ballast inside a molded keel shell laminated with the hull itself and includes a 3500lb lead bulb for maximum righting moment. After the deck is through bolted and sealed to the hull with 3M 5200 polyurethane sealant, the bulkheads are fiberglassed on their entire perimeter, not just screwed in place. All furniture is then carefully bonded to the hull, adding to the structural support system.
The deck is Baltek cored and vacuum bagged with the core materials removed and replaced with solid fiberglass with stainless steel backing plates and easy access removable overhead panels at all deck hardware locations. Pushpit and pulpit are 1 ½” diameter stainless steel connected by double lifelines with gates port and starboard. There are stainless steel grab rails along the coach top, a custom stainless steel double anchor roller, and six stainless steel 12” mooring cleats. There are ten opening ports and eight Lewmar hatches. Four dorades with chrome cowls, inside closures and line guards and a Nicro solar vent keep the air circulating in inclement weather when ports and hatches are battened down.
The T-shaped cockpit is a safe and comfortable place whether driving the boat in a gale or resting in a quiet anchorage. The long seats provide plenty of room for entertaining, sleeping outside while your partner is on watch or sunbathing. Most importantly, the cockpit is deep and narrow with seat backs ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. For safety and comfort the Outbound 44 was designed to make moving about the cockpit and cabin as easy and safe as possible. A three step companionway allows you to use the whole boat without having to plan a major voyage down a steep and unsafe ladder. Forward of the companionway is a molded sea hood with integral instrument box and large coaming for dodger attachment. A walk-through transom with boarding platform and fold down swim/MOB ladder makes accessing the dinghy or returning to the boat after a refreshing swim easy.
Excellent stowage and load carrying capacity are designed into all aspects of the Outbound’s hull and deck. Water (200 gallons) and fuel (160 gallons) tankage is under the sole and over the keel which adds to the boats upwind performance and opens up space under the settees and bunks for stowage. There is a large foredeck locker located forward of the watertight bulkhead that easily accommodates sails, dock steps, fenders anchors, or any cruising gear you want to keep out of the living spaces. The locker also offers standup access to the chain locker and makes setting and stowing the asymmetrical spinnaker a breeze. In addition to the forward locker there is a giant cockpit lazarette, a large propane locker, an outboard motor locker and room for the life raft under the helm seat for easy deployment.