Najad 440 AC • From Najad Yachts in Sweden, the new Najad 440 AC offers coastal and world girdling sailors a cruising boat that combines a sleek, fast Judel/Vrolijk design with the proven quality and style of one of Sweden’s top builders.
The 440 has two configurations – aft cockpit (AC) and center cockpit (CC). The aft cockpit design will be on display in the U.S. this year.
Najad is known for building moderately conservative cruising boats that sail extremely well. While not purpose built for competition, Najads regularly acquit themselves well in the cruising divisions of regattas around the world. In the open ocean, the boats really thrive and can knock off fast, safe passages that leave their crews more rested than when they set off.
The 440 AC has a sleek modern look but just enough teak and tradition to make any old salt happy. The sloop rig is supplied by Seldén, and the roller furling on the headsail is by Furlex.
Control lines and halyards run aft to the cockpit so a lone watch-stander can trim and reduce sail without climbing onto the foredeck. The cockpit is large and comfortable with seat backs that fit a person’s back nicely.
Down below, the 440 has the master cabin forward and two quarter cabins aft. Two heads are standard, and the forward head has a separate shower stall. Six adults can cruise comfortably and with an unusual amount of privacy for a boat of this size.
The saloon has an L-shaped seagoing galley to port, a large C- shaped dinette just forward and a large navigator’s station and chart table to starboard. The interior is finished with a light African mahogany that gives the space a pleasant “yacht” feel. Joinery is exceptional as is the varnish finish.
A modern cruising boat with all the amenities a couple or family could ask for, the 440 AC is also a fine sailing sloop that will make good passages and can win a regatta when called upon