Broadblue 435

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
February 2007


 

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English builders Broadblue evolved out of the venerable builder Prout several years ago and launched a much improved and revised line of cruising cats - the 385, 42 and now the 435.

The 435 offers a Broadblue 435 high level of cruising comfort and elegance in a hull and rig combination that is suitable for extended cruising and living aboard. At 20,000 pounds displacement, the 435 is a moderately heavy cruising cat. Her hulls are solid glass below the waterline (cored above) and have a thickness of a half an inch or more.

The hull designs are thoroughly modern, however, with quite fine entries and broader sterns. The forward end of the bridgedeck is high off the water to reduce slamming in head seas. The beam of each hull carries well aft, which will help reduce the pitching moment; the narrow bows will tend to slice through head seas instead of bounding over them. The 435's ride is comfortable in a wide range of conditions and will excel, comparatively, close reaching in short chop.

The 435's rig features a high roach mainsail with slab reefing and an overlapping genoa on a roller furler. A freestanding rolling reacher or an asymmetrical chute will add knots and lots of fun sailing downwind.

The cockpit is quite deep and well protected so the crew will feel secure at sea. The steering well and seat are set high enough on the port side to allow the helmsman to see ahead and make docking maneuvers without feeling blindfolded.

Down below, the interior can be configured with a number of variations. The three-cabin layout, which seems sensible for a couple, has the master cabin in the port hull with a double berth, huge amount of storage and a large head forward. The guest cabins are laid out in the starboard hulls.

The saloon is huge for a boat of this size and features a Vshaped galley and a dinette that will seat eight in a pinch. The builders used American oak for joinery which gives the interior a pleasant honey color that offsets the vinyl headliners and gelcoat moldings. The saloon has an airy feel and will make for great entertaining and general living aboard.

Broadblue boats have a wellearned reputation for quality and longevity. For more information on the Broadblue 435 contact Broadblue USA at 877-695-0358.

www.broadblueusa.com

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