by George Day
Blue Water Sailing
The New Flagship from the Swedes
The island of Orust off Sweden’s west coast has long been home to some of the world’s best boat builders, so it is no surprise that in addition to Najad the region hosts such famous brands as Hallberg-Rassy, Malö, Farr, Regina af Vindö, Sweden Yachts and others. Each builder has its own way of building, yet all of them share a common dedication to the craft of boat building and to the highest possible quality in their products.
So when Najad Yachts launched into the project to create and build a new flagship for their line of superior cruising boats, it was with an eye to creating something truly special.
At the heart of the new boat would be the concept that the boat could be as individual as each owner wanted to make it. Aside from the basic structures of the hull, engine compartment, tanks, major bulkheads and deck, an owner was free to create an interior plan that met his specific needs—within reason. The flagship was to be a truly semi-custom yacht.
For the design, Najad turned once again to German naval architects Judel/Vrolijk and Company who had drawn all of the modern Najads and were known for their fast, sweet sailing yachts. The boat the J/V team came up with is a powerful, center-cockpit 57-foot cruising sloop with a bulb-fin keel, spade rudder and a tall rig.
With the exception of the 355 and 440 AC, all Najads are center cockpit designs. With the 570, a raised deck saloon was added to open up the saloon and allow tons of natural light to fill the cabin. Because the cockpit is quite wide, the new 570 has two wheels and steering stations, which provide the helmsman with the best possible visibility looking forward. Both wheels have large binnacles where you can mount instrument repeaters. The forward end of the cockpit is protected by an attractive curved windscreen onto which a dodger can be attached to give the crew full protection from the weather.
A beautiful varnished teak table is mounted in the cockpit with folding leaves. When the leaves are up, you will be able to seat six comfortably for a meal. The table has four drink holders and a top loading locker built in. The table has been given a sturdy stainless steel base, which will make it strong enough to support a person’s weight when sailing at an angle of heel.
The 570’s deck layout is very clean and attractive. Teak decks are standard and the design and detailing of the planking gives you an immediate look at the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into each boat. Aft, the stern deck is wide and a good place for lounging in the sun. Large lockers in the stern sections will accommodate all docking lines, fenders and all the spare parts you need to carry aboard a cruising boat. The swim platform aft has teak decking and is large enough to really be used for swimming, showering and boarding the dinghy.
The side decks are wide and since the shrouds are fairly far inboard you can walk fore and aft easily. The foredeck and forward coach roof are wide and open. There is plenty of room here to stow a large dinghy when sailing offshore. Or, if you are flying a spinnaker, you will have plenty of space for hoisting the pole and getting the sail set up prior to hoisting. The stem fitting has a large anchor roller that will accommodate any of the common hooking type anchors; the windlass and controls are neatly hidden away in the anchor
All of the Najads are sweet sailing boats that have a very good turn of speed and are quite close winded. The 570 will be no exception and, with the wide transom and the deep bulb keel, will be able to carry a lot of sail as the wind increases, which translates into high average speeds.
The 570 has a three-spreader Selden rig with slab reefing standard on the main but the option to upgrade to a Selden hydraulic in-mast furling system or a carbon fiber mast. The boat is designed to be sailed with the 110-percent working jib so you don’t have to do a lot of winch grinding when you tack. For off the wind sailing, an asymmetrical chute in a snuffer will add a lot of power. Note that the mainsheet runs to a traveler just aft of the cockpit where it will be readily accessible to the helmsman.
The deck layout and rig are set up for real sailing. Those who will be crossing oceans will appreciate the simple, robustness of the rig while those who will be entering regattas or point to point races will appreciate just how fast and nimble this big cruising sloop can be.
Living in style
To starboard the chart table is merged with the starboard settee, and it doubles as a comfortable place to sit. Above the chart table an angled module has been built to house a computer screen, chart plotter, radar and other instruments. A communications locker has been built in outboard where you can mount a satphone, SSB radio and the VHF radio. The main electrical panel is also built into the nav station.
The 570 has two passageways aft from the saloon with the engine room amidships between them. With the doors into the aft cabin open, the boat seems very large and open and airy.
The galley is in the port passageway where you will find an acre of Corian counter space, twin sinks nearly on the centerline, massive refrigeration boxes and all the storage space you will need to stow supplies and galley gear.
The starboard passageway contains either a master head and shower room or a separate crew’s cabin with its own small head and vanity. If you will be having a crew member living aboard, this cabin will be quite comfortable
The after cabin can be configured a number of different ways. Najad shows it either with a large centerline queen-size berth in one great cabin or it can be divided in half and split into two double cabins.
The forward cabin will be the master suite with the large queen-size berth forward, a small lounging area to port and a large head and shower to starboard. This is a huge cabin, even for a 57-foot boat, and will be an excellent home away from home for those who live aboard and are out exploring the world. Or, instead of a lounging area, you can have a bunk bed cabin to port.
The 570 is finished in light African mahogany with Jatoba wood accents and Jatoba plank flooring. The detailing throughout the 570 is superb. All furniture has a trim modern look and a pleasant rubbed effect finish. The whole ambience of the interior is of warm colors and open spaces.
With large, comfortable cabins, a lot of storage for personal gear and living supplies, with large tanks and a huge battery bank, the 570 will be a stylish and elegant floating home that can carry you safely across oceans.
The Najad fleet
The Najad 380 is a center cockpit design that is a true offshore boat in a small package. The 380 has an excellent after cabin, good size saloon and comfortable forward guest cabin. It sails extremely well and several of these
Next up is the 405, a fast modern-hulled center cockpit design with a large owner’s cabin aft.
The 440 comes in two versions, the center cockpit layout and the aft cockpit design. The 440 is a big sister to the 405 and offers more space, more storage, larger tanks and more boat speed. For a cruising family, the 440 is large enough and capable enough to carry them around the world.
The new Najad 505 has many of the qualities that are being built into the new 570 and is a boat that really raises the bar on Najad design, styling and quality. A center cockpit design, the 505 offers the elegance and sophistication that many cruisers desire. Plus, it offers cruising accommodations that are as well thought out, well detailed and handsomely
Najad is steeped in the traditions of boat building on Orust. Here generations of craftsmen have honed their craft as they strive to perfect the art of boatbuilding. As companies like Najad introduce new and exciting designs,