The Najad 460 is a serious cruising yacht capable of making some very quick offshore passages yet accommodating the crew in luxury. Everywhere you look the yacht exhibits the high build quality and fastidious attention to detail you would expect from the one of the big three Scandinavian yards. Designed by Judel/Vro-lijk (lead design firm in the 2003 Alinghi Americas Cup campaign) the hull has proven to be very responsive under sail and power. Finer sections forward provide a more comfortable motion when beating into heavy seas while the flatter sections aft improve her turn of speed when off the wind. Below decks every last bit of space has been utilised to create a comfortable living space with lots of storage.
Morning Star is a great example of the class having had one owner since new she is well equipped and good condition, offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory. While offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for a maximum crew of 8 over 4 cabins since new she has predominately been sailed short handed in UK waters the boat is set up for a crew of 2 with everything optimised for ease of handling. A full video of the boat is available to view on our website.
Afloat, in commission and ready for viewing on her private mooring here in Loch Craignish.
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Hull and deck built of cored GRP mouldings finished externally with gelcoat. Hull of fin and skeg style design with bolt on iron ballast keel secured on a moulded GRP stub keel and skeg hung, partially balanced rudder.
Hull moulded using Isothalic polyester resin with premium specification NGA gelcoat to maximise protection against water penetration and osmosis. Hull finished below the waterline in black antifouling below waterline. Above waterline hull is finished in blue gelcoat with white coveline and name. The forward raked transom features moulded in bathing platform and access way for boarding from dinghy.
Deck moulding is finished in white gelcoat with traditional laid teak side decks and cockpit seating bonded to the deck moulding with traditional style flexible caulking seams. The substantial moulded toerail being capped with solid teak capping rails.
Selden Masts mast head sloop rig with aft swept spreaders, removable inner forestay, running backstays and hydraulic backstay adjuster; all spars finished in Silver anodised alloy. Both main and genoa are roller furling with the mainsail in mast system being electric (new motor fitted 2015), hank on staysail (very little use sail like new) for use on inner forestay. Spinnaker aboard although hardly used, all tackle and spinnaker pole aboard also.
Andersen 58ST primary winches on cockpit coaming are electric with manual Andersen 46ST winches for mainsheet.
On deck Najads high build quality and specification are evident where ever you look with traditional laid teak decks and custom stainless steel fittings highlighting the builders attention to detail.
The cockpit is generously proportioned and well protected by the fixed windscreen and sprayhood combination fitted. At the forward end wither side of the companionway are large varnished teak work surfaces ideal for doubling up as an external chart table when required; on the starboard side the Raymarine RL80C chart plotter has been fitted. Seating is provided in a U-shape around the cockpit with the top surface being of laid teak, a solid teak grating is placed on the sole. The large cockpit locker is accessed through a hatch on the starboard side of the cockpit. A pedestal is located toward the aft end of the cockpit with hide covered stainless steel wheel. Mounted on the pedestal is the Raymarine RL70C radar display, autopilot control head and single lever engine control. Stood at the helm the skipper has a commanding view over the whole forward deck area and excellent vision along either side for when maneuvering in harbour.
Najad yachts are known for there excellent build quality and the internal fit out below decks certainly demonstrates the attention to detail lavished on each boat. All internal joinery work has been hand built for the boat from African Mahogany, finished in a rich satin varnish. The sole boards throughout the interior accommodation is of the traditional styling teak and holy inlay veneered on a robust marine ply. Luxurious accommodation is provided for a full crew of 8 over 4 spacious cabins.
The forepeak provides a double cabin in the traditional V-berth formation with storage provided in a selection of overhead lockers and shelves with a wardrobe aft providing hanging locker space and additional shelves. Ample standing room is provided within the cabin when the door is shut for changing purposes. The door opens to a small walkway bunk cabin leading aft to the mast and main saloon.
The forward heads is located to port accessed through its own door from the walkway cabin. Constructed from a single piece white easy clean GRP moulding the heads is fitted out in the same high standard with manual sea toilet (discharged to sea or holding tank), moulded sink set in corrian worktop, vanity unit and separate shower with movable curtain.
With the walkway cabin two single bunk beds of generous proportions are provided. Both bunks are fitted with lee cloths and would be ideal for use on extended passages.
The saloon is located in the midships section of the boat and laid out with the large saloon table and L-shaped settee to port while on the starboard side are two comfortable armchairs. The saloon settee is fitted with lee cloths for use as a sea berth when required. A great selection of storage is provided around the saloon with the dedicated freezer box being located under the forward section of the settee in way of the mast; lockers are provided behind the seating and overhead along with shelves throughout the saloon area.
Located at the aft end of the saloon to starboard is the galley again fitted out to the highest standards while remaining very practical for use at sea. Laid out in a U-shape everything is within easy reach and substantial crash bars around the cooker provide additional security and protection for any chefs cooking in a seaway. Equipped with double (independently powered) top loading fridges, Smev twin burner cooker, grill and oven, microwave oven, twin stainless steel sinks and a large volume of storage in a selection of lockers, drawers and shelved cupboards.
Opposite the galley to port, at the forward end of the walkway through to the aft cabin is the navigation station. Equipped with PC screen for accessing the onboard marine PC and charting software, VHF, ships switch panel and large chart table with built in chart storage and bosuns lockers. The PC screen is mounted on a hinging door allowing it to be opened round and viewed from the main saloon area to watch DVD's etc.
The walkway leading aft to the owners cabin contains another generously proportioned single bunk again equipped with lee cloth and ideal for use on passage. The engine room is accessed via a door within the walkway and storage is provided throughout the walkway area with over bunk lockers and cave style lockers beneath.
A grand owners cabin is provided at the aft end of the boat of generous proportions again with a large double bunk and en-suite heads. The cabin is equipped with everything you would expect to need for extended periods living aboard. Forward of the bunk to port is a small settee and storage cupboard with two large hanging wardrobes being provided to starboard of the bunk. Sensibly the large bunk has been fitted with lee cloths allowing use at sea if required or division of the bunk into two singles if required.
Of larger area than the forward heads the aft heads is fitted out in the same style and quality and equipped to the same standard; manual sea toilet (discharged to sea or holding tank), moulded sink set in corrian worktop, vanity unit and separate shower with movable curtain.
Dedicated sound proofed engine space located beneath cockpit sole and accessed through a large opening door in walkway to aft cabin from saloon.
Yanmar 4JH3-HT engine, freshwater cooled. Engine fitted with alternators for 12v (80 amp alternator) and 24v (65 amp alternator) charging. Charging controlled via Balmar Max Charge multi stage voltage regulator. Aqua-Drive thrust unit fitted to conventional shaft type sterngear with bronze feathering propellor and spurs rope cutter.
Fisher Panda 4.5kva generator also located within engine space mounted in its own soundproof cage. Generator supplies power to ships 240V system via an automated change over switch.
Darrell Nicholson, Cruising World Senior Editor.
A Najad for All Seasons
Stepping up from the smaller Malö to the 46-foot Najad 460 offers a lesson in the difference a few extra feet can make. This center-cockpit sloop makes good use of the additional interior volume as well as the long waterline that guarantees faster passages.
The potential of this Najad (pronounced NIGH-add) for devouring miles became obvious once we cleared Spider Light, outside the Severn River: The boat held a consistent 6.8 knots with the apparent wind at 17 knots. When reaching, she averaged over 8 knots, surging to 8.8 knots in the gusts. The boat tacked quickly and balanced well at 45 degrees to the true wind. Without considering its advantageous longer waterline, I felt that the Najad—with a finer bow and flatter underbody—was the best performer of the three. It helps that the hull lines were drawn by the Judel/ Vro-lijk design firm; Rolf Vrolijk was Alinghi’s lead designer for its 2003 America’s Cup program.
Under power, the 100-horsepower Yanmar with a Flex-0-Fold prop pushed the boat at 7.8 knots at 2,800 rpm in relatively flat water. At a fuel-sipping 2,200 rpm, the boat cruised at 7 knots. Maneuvering under power with the Whitlock steering was impeccable.
"This boat had all the right hardware in all the right places," said Ralph. "It had a big forepeak hatch that you could actually stuff sails into. And it also had a great rig package."
The twin bow roller at the stemhead for handling ground tackle was robust and well designed, and the electric-windlass installation kept the motor completely sealed from the salt air yet fully accessible from belowdecks for servicing. Details of the stanchion bases illustrate the builder’s focus on deck integrity: Concealed beneath the teak caprail, the flat bases are bolted through solid laminate at the hull/deck joint, resulting in a watertight seal.
A double-ended mainsheet that leads to a traveler aft of the cockpit allows the boat to be sailed easily from the helm. One end of the mainsheet leads through a line stopper to a winch on the port coaming; the other mirrors this route on the opposite side. The helmsman positioned on the leeward side is within easy reach of the genoa sheet, the mainsheet, and the traveler.
With an Espar forced-air heating system, a well-insulated hull, and the option for canvas that fully encloses the cockpit, the boat I sailed was suited for all sorts of unsavory tasks in high latitudes. But in minding the sunnier desires most sane folks share, Najad also gives ventilation a high priority. With six dorade vents, five deck hatches, and 12 portlights, the boat is designed to catch breezes whether the boat is under way, at anchor, or in a slip. The center-cockpit arrangement allowed for a large opening hatch and two dorade vents over the aft cabin, often a stagnant corner in some boats.
The well-lit and insulated engine compartment allows easy access to all vital service points on both the engine and an optional generator and plenty of room to work. Skip called the nearly walk-in engine room "a work of art."
Belowdecks, the Najad offers a choice of three flexible layouts. The boat I sailed had a modified "B" plan, with a U-shaped galley to starboard and a settee that could double as a sea berth forward of that. The forward-facing nav station occupied the port side, adjacent to an L-shaped dinette. Well suited for family cruising, the boat I sailed had two separate cabins forward of the mast that could comfortably accommodate four people: two in bunks in a snug starboard cabin, two in a V-berth forward. A well-appointed head with separate shower served these two cabins. Other options for the bow area feature a more spacious forward berth, a small settee, and additional storage in lieu of the bunk cabin.
The aft cabin allowed ample headroom in which to move around and had a small settee, plenty of storage, and its own separate head and shower. The comfortable interior is warm and elegant, done in unstained African mahogany with a teak-and-holly sole. It lacks nothing in such seagoing details as fiddles, handholds, and sea berths.
The hull is a hand-laid sandwich construction using Divinycell core, multiaxial fiberglass, and ISO polyester with NGA gelcoat to protect against osmosis. The bilge is reinforced with a longitudinal and transverse floor-plate construction, which supports the mast, engine base, tanks, and cabin soles. The mast is keel stepped and cleverly hidden in joinery work with access panels that allow inspection. The builder stresses the benefits of its additional longitudinal stringers in the hull. Like the Malö, the Najad has a rugged hull/deck joint, one that’s glued, bolted, and glassed together, effectively making the hull of the boat a monocoque structure.
Shortcomings in the Najad were few. The master AC breakers were in a sealed box in a cockpit locker that will inevitably see some dampness, and the DC fuses were located in a dark spot under the nav seat. Skip suggested locating the DC fuses where they’re more visible and less likely to be inadvertently bumped. The fittings on the propane tank showed obvious signs of corrosion, suggesting that the locker aft was either getting inordinately wet or not draining properly. The drains on these lockers have since been enlarged, and Najad will locate the master AC breakers belowdecks by request.
For the cruiser who needs the extra living space without sacrificing performance, this is one Swede worth a very close look.
This Swedish-built Judel/Vrolijk design impressed our judges with the quality of its hull and deck construction and dazzled them with gorgeous interior joinery work in satin-finish African mahogany. We loved the feel of the helm ("soft and supple, with just the right amount of feedback") in 15 knots of true wind. The boat tracked well and gave a decent turn of speed (8.5 knots hard on the breeze with an in-mast-furling main) for a less-than-lightweight cruiser, and the helm stayed light, even when we strapped all the sails right down on a beam reach. We were enthusiastic about the comfortable cockpit seating and thought the running rigging layout was excellent. Both main and headsail sheets are easily accessed from the helm, making the boat a dream to sail singlehanded.
The accommodation plan is well suited to long-term liveaboard cruising; our only quibbles were with the galley, which we thought was slightly undersized for a boat of this length, and the lack of handholds in the heads. The engine room is well laid out, access to the various mechanical systems is excellent, and the DC-system installation (despite some untinned wire) is very neat.
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