JEANNEAU

NC 1095

Boating - - CERTIFIED TESTS - —Kevin Falvey

A bright and airy deck­house makes for a quiet cruiser packed with pluses.

II re­ally love boats with deck­houses, like Jeanneau’s new coupe, the NC 1095 model. They are so quiet, even when clip­ping right along. I’ve also found that there’s a spe­cial sat­is­fac­tion one gets from sim­ply sit­ting at the dinette in the morn­ing and read­ing the pa­per or check­ing some emails. With the big win­dows, hatches and skylights you are “right there” on the wa­ter. Yet you are in your own lit­tle world, pro­tected from the heat, rain, chill, and not to men­tion the inane ban­ter of the chatty guy from down the dock. You don’t even need to be cruis­ing to net this ben­e­fit. Stop­ping by on the way home from work or be­fore the crew shows up for a Satur­day out­ing works the same trans­for­ma­tive magic. Bliss!

Of course, that boats such as the NC 1095 are quiet un­der­way is even more true aboard those

pow­ered by out­boards. Out­boards are the qui­etest marine propul­sion, and when cou­pled with oper­a­tion from within the bright, airy deck­house, en­gine noise is fur­ther hushed. So is the noise of wind and wa­ter, both of which com­prise a large per­cent­age of the over­all sound level ex­pe­ri­enced while un­der­way. Aboard the NC 1095, my deci­bel me­ter dis­played lower sound lev­els than those recorded aboard open or ex­press boats with twin out­board power.

As for per­for­mance, we hit 44 mph at wide-open throt­tle and noted the ad­mirable range of cruis­ing speeds at which the NC 1095 nets bet­ter than 1 mile per gal­lon. As the per­for­mance chart shows, you can achieve this ef­fi­ciency whether mo­tor­ing as slow as 12 mph or cruis­ing along at 30 mph. This means you can ad­just your speed to suit sea con­di­tions with less fuel-burn penalty.

Dur­ing tri­als, the NC 1095 planed with lit­tle in­cli­na­tion, so vis­i­bil­ity for­ward re­mained ex­cel­lent. Cut­ting a se­ries of sharp turns at high speed proved this boat’s abil­ity to de­liver a sporty ride. The

hull dis­played no neg­a­tive han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics. A bow thruster makes dock­ing less chal­leng­ing, though we found the NC 1095 quite ma­neu­ver­able in a crowded ma­rina while us­ing the out­boards alone.

In ad­di­tion to ef­fi­ciency and quiet, cli­mate-con­trolled oper­a­tion, ac­cess around the boat is im­pres­sive. Nat­u­rally, one can leave the helm and head aft into the cock­pit. But the NC 1095 also of­fers a slid­ing hatch at the helm that pro­vides the skip­per with di­rect ac­cess to the side deck. This is enor­mously help­ful while dock­ing, com­ing along­side an­other boat, or pulling up for fuel. This fea­ture is rarely seen aboard boats un­der 40 feet in length.

Shop­ping? Check out Cut­wa­ter’s C-302 Coupe. Pow­ered by twin 300 hp F300 Yamaha out­boards, this two-state­room coupe with a convertible dinette in its deck­house sleeps six and re­tails for about $310,000. With its out­boards on a bolt-on bracket and its dou­ble-step hull form, the C-302 hits 53-plus mph with stated power.

As for ac­com­mo­da­tions, the NC 1095 is unique among boats that we’ve tested in that it pro­vides sleep­ing for as many as eight crew in com­fort. The stan­dard lay­out in­cludes two state­rooms, an en­closed head and a stor­age room belowdecks in ad­di­tion to the convertible dinette up un­der the deck­house. (Cur­tains pro­vide pri­vacy at the dock.) For more sleep­ing ca­pac­ity, you can or­der the util­ity room fit­ted as a state­room that will sleep two adults snugly, or two kids. The for­ward mas­ter state­room and the port­side guest state­room of­fer roomy, lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions for week­end­ing.

Aft, in the cock­pit, the L lounge, a hall­mark of Jeanneau cruis­ers, pro­vides seat­ing for a crowd around a re­mov­able ta­ble. The long, athwartships sec­tion of this lounge slides for­ward, al­low­ing the en­gines to tilt com­pletely out of the wa­ter and pro­vid­ing even greater ac­cess to the en­gines for check­ing the oil, flush­ing, and other rou­tine main­te­nance.

Open the huge hatch in the cock­pit sole to dis­cover stowage mas­sive enough for nu­mer­ous fold­ing bi­cy­cles, in­flat­able pad­dle­boards, beach chairs and more. Use the tran­som door on the star­board-side and en­joy the dual swim plat­forms to both sides of the out­boards. Head for­ward on the side decks from steps on both sides.

The side decks are asym­met­ri­cal, or maybe it’s the cabin that is off­set. In any case, the star­board-side deck is much wider than the port side. In ad­di­tion to mak­ing the slid­ing hatch at the helm more use­ful, this pro­vides very se­cure ac­cess to the bow along the star­board-side, more so than we have come to ex­pect aboard a boat of this size. Ac­cess along the port side is nar­rower, though walk­a­ble, and se­cured by a hip-high rail­ing and a grab rail along the cabin top.

Once on the bow, you’ll find an­chor­ing du­ties made easy by the broad flat area and high rails. We found the ground tackle and its ac­cou­ter­ments such as cleats and wind­lass in­stalled in sturdy, sea­man­like fashion. The bow rail is split and fit­ted with a ca­ble, al­low­ing ease of egress should you need to tie up bow-to. The dual re­clin­ing, chais­es­tyle bow lounges re­side atop the cabin trunk, sep­a­rated from and higher than the side decks and an­chor area. Crew han­dling lines won’t in­ter­fere with crew han­dling sun­screen.

For its size, Jeanneau’s NC 1095 of­fers sev­eral unique qual­i­ties. Is it your per­fect cruiser? Ar­range a sea trial and find out.

This boat is equipped with a propane locker, a rare fea­ture aboard smaller North Amer­i­can power cruis­ers, that al­lows cook­ing over a flame in­stead of a glow­ing ring.

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