Outbound 46 Review—Part 2, Keel, Rudder, Bow Thruster, and Construction

Outbound 46 shallow draft version. Photo kindness of Phil Lambert.

In Part 1, we analyzed the Outbound 46 hull design, including comparisons to recent designs. She acquitted herself well.

And we who will never be able to afford a new Outbound 46 learned a lot from the boat that will help us choose a less expensive option.

Now let's look at other hull-related stuff, including the keel, rudder, bow thruster or not, and some thoughts on construction, all relevant no matter what boat you are thinking of buying.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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