Najad 44AC

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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The new Najad 44AC (aft cockpit), which was introduced in Sweden in 2006, makes its U.S. debut this fall. A real departure for Najad, the 44AC is the first aft cockpit design launched by the builder and the first to be styled by noted yacht stylist Dick Young.

A Judel/Vrolijk design, the 44AC has a modern cruising hull with cruising fin keel and ballast bulb and a deep, high-aspect spade ruder. Although a dedicated cruising boat, the 44AC sails extremely well and is capable of making very fast daily runs and offshore passages.

Najad has gone high tech with the new boat by incorporating a long list of useful features including a complete Mastervolt electrical system, hydraulic furling systems on the Selden spars, hydraulic vang and backstay adjustments and, in partnership with Raymarine, a stylish and well equipped nav station suite.

The new boat has twin quarter cabins aft, with a large head and shower stall just forward to starboard. The forward cabin features a large double V-berth and has its own head.

The saloon has an L-shaped galley with the single sink on the centerline so it drains on both tacks. The dinette to port will seat four comfortably and will also be a good sea berth. Across from the dinette are two built-in armchairs with the chart table and nav suite in between.

Finished in matte varnished mahogany, the interior is quite traditional, but the flush cabinets and stainless steel latches and hardware give it a modern and elegant look.

A true world cruising boat that will also acquit itself well in races and rallies, the new Najad 44AC is a boat that redefines the notion of performance cruising.

Specifications: LOA 44’0”; LWL 39’ 8”; Beam 13’ 3”; Draft 6’10”; Displacement 28,000 lbs.; Sail Area 1,039 sq. ft.

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