Najad 380

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2005


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Following in the Najad tradition of building high-quality, center-cockpit cruising boats capable of passagemaking and cruising from the North Sea to the tropics and anywhere in between, the Najad 380 has proven her mettle in European waters and will be making a splash in the U.S. this fall. Designed by Najadvarvet AB and Judel/Vrolijk, the 380 is relatively narrow, enhancing her ability to track downwind and drive to windward without pounding.

At 37 feet, nine inches, the deck of the 380 is laid out to be managed easily by a couple with the characteristic fixed windshield protecting the cockpit and companionway. Below, the 380 is able to maintain the same accommodations as larger vessels in the Najad line by forfeiting a forward head and some storage space. The standard layout comes with a double and single berth sharing the aft cabin, two berths forward in addition to the settees that can serve as sea berths.

The 380 comes standard with a six-foot, four-inch draft, but has a shallow draft option that saves a foot. The sloop rig carries 810 square feet of cruising canvas on a deck-stepped spar for a Sail Area/Displacement of 16.3 and a Displacement/Length of 257, appropriately conservative for this ocean-crosser.

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