This is the second boat to be launched in this Italian boatyard’s new series of long-distance cruising yachts. The 46LC (designating Long Cruise) aims to provide the utmost in comfort for two people, plus occasional guests, who spend large amounts of time on board and intend to cover significant distances while ocean cruising. The design is intended to maximise on three key aspects – space, elegance and safety.
Exterior styling includes a long dynamic waterline, plumb bow, short bowsprit and composite mainsheet arch. A considerable amount of thought has gone into making the deck layout as efficient as possible, both in terms of sail handling and moving around easily. For instance, to avoid obstructions when going forward along the side decks, the cap shroud chain plate is mounted outboard, but the inner (diagonal) shroud is taken to the side of the coachroof.
All control lines well located ahead of the helm stations. For protection from the elements, whether bad weather or the sun, both a bimini and sprayhood can be mounted on the over-cockpit arch. This also supports the mainsheet, which is completely clear of the cockpit floor. The forward section of the cockpit has three different table options for dining, while there are also sunbed positions both on the foredeck and after decks.
Below deck the designers concentrated on optimising three aspects: comfort, stowage and systems. There are generously sized beds, plus ample headroom, plenty of space to move from one area to the next, and numerous hatches, portlights and hull windows that provide an abundance of natural light. No attempt has been made to squeeze in too many cabins, which means there’s ample provision for a large volume of stowage throughout the interior. In addition the coachroof design allows for a raised saloon floor, below which is plenty of space for impressively large fuel and water tanks, a high-capacity battery bank and all the domestic systems.
- Length overall 14.72m
- Beam 4.41m
- Draught (standard keel) 2.30m
- Draught (shoal keel) 1.80m
- Displacement 12,000kg
- Ballast 4,200kg
- Upwind sail area 112sq m
- Fuel tankage 300 litres
- Water tankage 600 litres
- Engine 75hp diesel