NA­JAD 395 AC

Yachting Monthly - - ADVENTURE -

THE TEST VER­DICT

For a 40ft yacht she costs a lot. Now, that’s not to say she’s ex­pen­sive; you get a well-specced, beau­ti­fully crafted yacht for your money and I strug­gled to find any­where on­board where I could see qual­ity had been com­pro­mised in favour of cost. Not even her dis­place­ment has been com­pro­mised – at 11,750kg, she’s 100kg heav­ier than the sub­stan­tial Sir­ius 40DS, no light­weight her­self, and 0.75 tonnes heav­ier than the cen­tre cock­pit Hall­berg-rassy 40MKII – com­pare that to 8,200kg of an equiv­a­lent size Bavaria and it’s easy to see she’s been built to be a com­fort­able home-from-home with­out com­pro­mise. Her dis­place­ment gives her a won­der­fully solid feel on the wa­ter, with no creaks or groans as she marches on. She looks in pro­por­tion and pur­pose­ful – a sur­prise given the high top­sides; she dwarfs many yachts and looked like a mag­pie com­pared to the other chicks in the Na­jad nest.

WOULD SHE SUIT YOU AND YOUR CREW?

If you’re a cou­ple that want to sail far and wide, with the oc­ca­sional guests, I’d forego this lay­out and go for the sin­gle aft cabin and all the ex­tra deck stowage that comes with it. This lay­out works more for an oc­ca­sional off­shore cruiser with more reg­u­lar guests. She’s a won­der­fully built boat that has a com­mand­ing feel on the wa­ter – few boats can com­pare. If you’re af­ter a cen­tre cock­pit ver­sion with a large own­ers’ aft cabin this is an op­tion too. She can be all things to those who can af­ford her.

Na­jad have had a rocky past. The lat­est re­struc­ture could be seen as stream­lin­ing or some­thing a lit­tle more wor­ry­ing, but only time will tell. One thing is for sure, there are few pro­duc­tion cruisers that can com­pete with the work­man­ship and over­all qual­ity of Na­jad – ev­ery as­pect of her feels solid. From the door han­dles to the read­ing lights, she oozes re­fined op­u­lence and qual­ity. She has a taste­fully mod­ern style about her, built with tra­di­tional val­ues. In this cost-sav­ing world, qual­ity is usu­ally the first ca­su­alty. Thank­fully there are still com­pa­nies where the qual­ity of the prod­uct comes first.

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