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I sailed the Outbound 52 in a late summer blustery 20-knot northwesterly that made it easy to see how the boat handled when it was pressed a bit. Powering into a mild chop on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay at about 2,400 rpm, the boat had a steady, smooth motion and made in excess of 7 knots with little noise from the 110-hp Yanmar diesel. The triple-spreader Selden mast supports an in-mast furling mainsail with full vertical battens; the foretriangle configuration carries a genoa and staysail, both on furlers, although a twin-headstay rig, with a Solent blade jib mounted directly behind a reacher is also an available option.
Because the boat’s rig is tall—72 feet above the water— one doesn’t need to set much sail to get it moving. On a close reach with a reefed main and deeply reefed genoa, the boat was happy running at speeds of 8 knots. Sailing close-hauled under reefed main and staysail, we maintained 7 knots with an apparent wind angle of 40 degrees. When finally we headed off and rolled out the genoa again, we quickly shot up to 10 knots.
The smooth Lewmar Mamba direct-drive steering system makes the helm extremely light and responsive. Even when we pressed the boat, I could easily control the helm with just one hand. The first time I got clobbered with a super-big gust I chickened out and rounded up. The next time I bore away and even without easing the mainsheet, the boat’s large high-aspect rudder blade had no trouble turning the boat off the wind. The boat feels very solid and stable, thanks to the 14,000-pound lead-ballast bulb keel. And putting the big battery bank and 475 gallons of tankage below the cabin sole not only keeps that weight low in the hull, it also helps free up a lot of useful interior storage space.
In short, the Outbound 52 is built for serious offshore work and can be easily handled in those conditions by a knowledgeable couple. The boat’s attractive lines, well thought-out details, and aggressive pricing should make it a strong contender among the well-proportioned and seakindly boats in this size range.
Displacement: 40,000 lbs
Ballast: 14,000 lbs
Sail area (100% Foretriangle) : 1,312 ft2
Fuel: 250 gal
Water: 225 gal
Displacement-Length Ratio: 160
Sail Area-Displacement Ratio: 18.4
Ballast-Displacement Ratio: 35%
Auxiliary: Yanmar 110 hp diesel with Aquadrive
Designer: Kernan Yacht Design, 194 Marina Dr., Suite 200A, Long Beach, CA 90803, Tel. 562-493-1808.
Builder: Outbound Yachts, 3419 Via Lido #282, Newport Beach, CA 92663, Tel. 949-544-1227.