OUR VER­DICT

Yachting Monthly - - NEW BOAT TEST -

What’s she like to sail?

She's an in­ter­est­ing boat to sail. While she is avail­able with a wheel, our test boat had a tiller – and what a tiller it is! More than 6ft long, it sweeps for­ward, en­abling the helms­man to hun­ker down and shel­ter un­der the over­hang­ing coachroof or sit up on the coam­ing. Although she is 45ft long and tiller-steered, the length of the tiller made her re­ally light on the helm. With the sails bal­anced it was fin­ger-light and she was rea­son­ably re­spon­sive. Her twin rud­ders main­tained her com­po­sure at all an­gles of heel, even when pushed be­yond what was pru­dent.

All lines are led back to the cock­pit and with the help of six winches on the coam­ings, she can eas­ily be sailed short-handed. With the tiller, and four crew on board, mov­ing around the cock­pit was a bit cum­ber­some at times. If you do opt for a wheel, be aware that it will make the helm more ex­posed, fur­ther aft.

What’s she like in port and at an­chor?

Ma­noeu­vring her with the long tiller, it’s a bit awk­ward if you need to step from one side of it to the other. And un­less you use your foot on the en­gine con­trol, when you bend down to use the throt­tle or bow thruster switch, the deck­house ob­structs your view for­ward. Also, with your head down and the thruster switch mounted fore-and-aft, it’s easy to press the wrong end and find her spin­ning in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to what you in­tended. To avoid this, her builders are try­ing other lo­ca­tions for the switch.

Like any twin-rud­der boat, there's no prop­wash over the rud­ders so you need to get some way on be­fore you can steer. In gusty con­di­tions the wind can catch her high top­sides, so I'd say the op­tional bow thruster is a ne­ces­sity, rather than a lux­ury. With it, ma­noeu­vring is easy.

She has a sub­stan­tial, high-cheeked dou­ble bow roller that houses the re­mov­able bowsprit on its star­board side and the bower an­chor to port.

Liv­ing aboard was good, made bet­ter by the 25cm (10in) di­am­e­ter port­holes in the fore­cabin, sa­loon and aft cabin, which all give a use­ful view out. With plenty of white sur­faces, her in­te­rior is bright. The J-shaped gal­ley of­fers lots of work sur­face and use­ful stowage.

Would she suit you and your crew?

She’s a pur­pose­ful, go-any­where cruiser that will put fear in the heart of any GRP boat owner you choose to point her at. Be­low decks, the sin­gle heads is a lit­tle small and lacks a sep­a­rate shower com­part­ment. She does how­ever have a won­der­ful deck­house that pro­vides to­tal shel­ter and a com­mand­ing view. Even when a bit­ing north wind blows, you can be tucked up in the warmth keep­ing watch.

It was strange to find her en­gine ac­cess lim­ited. I'd opt for a cock­pit sole hatch so I could ser­vice the en­gine with­out hav­ing to re­move the con­tents of both lock­ers.

There’s a lot to like about the Beste­vaer 45 Pure. She’s an em­i­nently prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able long-dis­tance cruiser that's also re­ward­ing to sail. Her start­ing price is £554,000, but it would be hard not to spend a bit more.

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