Skip to main content

Broadblue 435

I’ve had a penchant for sailing on two hulls ever since I built a 26-foot racing micro-multihull some years ago. That boat routinely sailed at double-digit speeds but was frequently wet, so it was with some enthusiasm that I stepped aboard the considerably larger Broadblue 435 for a test sail on Chesapeake Bay. On deckThe 435 has plenty of deck space for walking
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:
Broadblue435



I’ve had a penchant for sailing on two hulls ever since I built a 26-foot racing micro-multihull some years ago. That boat routinely sailed at double-digit speeds but was frequently wet, so it was with some enthusiasm that I stepped aboard the considerably larger Broadblue 435 for a test sail on Chesapeake Bay.

On deck

The 435 has plenty of deck space for walking around, lounging, and sunbathing, and there’s easy, unobstructed access to cavernous lockers forward of the saloon windows. Large circular deck hatches set into the forward sections of the hulls adjacent to the trampolines provide light and ventilation below and give something to lean against when in lounging mode.

Broadblue435int

Belowdecks

The Corian countertops in the U-shaped galley to port are offset by light-oak joinerwork. The seating and dining area to starboard is finished in Alacantara fabric. The aft-facing chart table abuts the main bulkhead, enjoying excellent visibility and stacks of natural light from the large expanse of windows above. The owner’s suite on the test boat took up the whole of the starboard hull and is accessed via a couple of steps from the main saloon. Its queen-size berth has generous stowage underneath and conveniently mounted reading lights above the headboard. The ensuite head and shower would put many land-based cubicles to shame.

The port hull features a double berth in the stern, a combined head and shower, and a double Pullman berth up forward. Everywhere the quality of the workmanship is evident; rubbing my hand inside cupboards and drawers failed to produce even a small splinter.
Because Broadblue allows owners to specify so many custom features, no two boats delivered to date have been identical. For a price, the builder can do anything you want—for example, eliminating the forward berth and installing an office—as long as the main structural bulkheads are not altered.

Under sail

The test conditions—gusty, fluky winds and a nasty chop left over from a recent gale—were not ideal. Even so, the twin 30-horsepower Volvo saildrives pushed the boat easily away from the dock and provided more than adequate power with low levels of noise. With its fixed props (I would choose the optional folding props), the boat was able to turn in its own length. A cockpit-mounted two-speed electric halyard winch made short work of hoisting the full-batten main with a large roach. When we unfurled the 775-square-foot reacher the boat took off, making an easy 8 knots on a broad reach. It remained admirably dry as the high bows shouldered away the chop. The helm was light and responsive, and tacking was uneventful. Some cats don’t tack well, but the 435’s ability to carry speed made this maneuver easy. Waves slapping on the underside of a bridgedeck can make long passages almost unbearable for an off-watch crew trying to get some rest, but when I went below on this boat all was quiet apart from the faint chuckle of the water passing by the hull.

Conclusion

The quality of workmanship and care that have gone into the construction of the Broadblue is immediately obvious. The semicustom aspect of its equipment list and construction will appeal to many owners preparing for extended bluewater cruising. This is a quality boat that should retain its value.

Specifications

Price: $650,000 (FOB North Carolina) includes electronics, generator, air conditioning, and a full cruising inventory.

Builder: Broadblue Catamarans, Ipswich, Great Britain

U.S. contact: Broadblue Catamarans, 877-695-0358, www.broadblueusa.com

Construction: Hull is hand-laid and vacuum-bagged with solid fiberglass below the waterline and Kevlar laminate in high-stress areas. Rudders are solid glass. There are watertight bulkheads fore and aft in each hull. Keels are integrally molded and sealed off from the hull, forming a double bottom.

Pros: Top-quality cruising cat for liveaboards. A well-built boat with good performance.

Cons: Quality workmanship and customizing comes at a price.

LOA - 43'6"

LWL - 37'4"

Beam - 22'

Draft - 4'1"

Displacement - 20,061 lbs

Sail Area (main and jib) - 988 sq ft

Power - (2) Volvo 30-hp with saildrives, with 2-blade fixed props

Tankage (Fuel/water/waste) - 117/125/42 gal

Electrical:

(2) 80-Ah starting batteries

(3) 110-Ah house batteries

(2) 100-amp alternators

Displacement-Length ratio - 109

Sail Area-Displacement ratio - 21.4

Click here to read a PDF of this review.

Related

fa70b13c-8eec-4c35-b30f-f89e497b469a

Crowdsourcing Age-of-Sail Weather Data

Although big, multi-million-dollar projects like the Large Hadron Collider and the human genome project with their legions of PHD’s tend to grab headlines, there’s still a part of play for the “citizen scientists” of the world. Amateur birders have long contributed to an ...read more

01-LEAD-Ultime-race-Yvan-Zedda,-OC-Sport-Pen-Duick

Ultims to Race Solo Around the World

For years now, maxi-trimarans, both solo-sailed and fully crewed, have been racing the clock on their own around the world in an effort to set ever faster records for the world’s fastest circumnavigation under sail. Back in 2000-01 there was also a no-holds-barred ...read more

P1-01-LEAD-018_CARYNBDAVIS_AMISTAD

Juneteenth on the Water

Discovering Amistad and Mystic Seaport Museum have partnered to organize their third annual Juneteenth festival, featuring concerts, speakers and a reflection on the lasting legacy of racial injustice in America. Declared a National Holiday in 2021, Juneteenth celebrates the end ...read more

Lead-2021-01-17-vue-03-34-av-tb-01

New Multihulls for 2022

Lagoon 51 In keeping with many of the more recently launched models created by French multihull builder Lagoon, the Lagoon 51 is all about comfort, “en plein air,” in particular, as the French might say. Topside, a whopping 80 percent of the boat’s flybridge is given over to ...read more

bermuda

How to Spectate on the Newport Bermuda

The biannual Newport Bermuda Race starts on Friday with the first warning signal at 1 pm. Whether you’re tracking a loved one’s progress or just spectating an event that draws pros and weekend warriors alike, there are plenty of ways to stay up to watch. The starting line will ...read more

03-Hyeres-220429_SOF2022_SAILINGENERGY_1933_3184-copy

US Sailing Strikes Gold in Hyères

After being skunked or nearly skunked at multiple Olympiads, could the US Sailing Team (USST) now under the direction of Olympic veteran Paul Cayard, be finally turning it around? If its performance at the 53rd French Olympic Week regatta in Hyères, France, where the team posted ...read more

P1480042

New York City’s Newest Fleet

120 children enrolled in Brooklyn Boatworks’ STEM and life skills-focused program launched their hand-built optimist prams on June 14 from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The launch is the culmination of years of student work, with boats in process before the pandemic caused the ...read more

AdobeStock_197518370

Charter: Off the Beaten Path

So, you like to charter in the Caribbean with its warm waters, swaying palm trees, steady trade winds and strong rum drinks. What’s not to love? It can be easy, though, to get stuck in a rut when chartering year after year in the same place. Sure, the British Virgin Islands are ...read more