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Outbound 46 was designed by the late Carl Schumacher, designer of the Alerion Express 28, Oyster’s Lightwave 48, the Express 27 and 37, and a large stable of custom racing yachts. We selected Carl for one reason …. he drew boats that sailed great. Schumacher successfully combined the moderate displacement required for cruising comfort with an efficient underbody needed to beat the weather, upwind performance, and excellent control. Designed by experienced sailors who know the added safety that comes with good sailing performance. The ability to sail off a lee shore, shorten a passage to within the available weather window, safely manoeuvre through heavy seas, and a cockpit where you can “hunker down” safely when the going gets tough. Equally important is having the comfort required to avoid fatigue when heading offshore. A dry and comfortable cockpit, good visibility, and a forgiving motion are essential for a safe and enjoyable passage.
To achieve the comfort factor in the Outbound 46 we started with a moderate beamed, moderate displacement hull that can easily find its “groove.” Then, we raised the coachhouse a few inches to give space for 190 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of water under the cabin sole, low and in the center of the boat, adding to the righting moment and keeping harmful weight out of the ends. This also allowed us to increase the height of the windows to fill the cabin with natural light and opened spaces under settees and bunks for massive stowage - where other boats have tanks the Outbound has storage. The result is a great sailing and very comfortable yacht with massive stowage and tankage required for a safe and enjoyable offshore passage. Practically, the Outbound 46 features a walk in lazarette with work bench and washer/dryer(option) prompting the often heard comment at boat shows …. “the boat with the work shop.”