Experienced sailors know the added safety that comes with good sailing performance: the ability to sail off a lee shore, to fetch a safe harbor that is dead upwind or to complete a passage to within the available weather window are key safety factors that should not be overlooked when selecting an offshore passage maker. FLYER, an Outbound 46, speaks to each of these requirements while also acknowledging the value of a comfortable environment in fighting fatigue when offshore and in enjoying new surroundings in a far off anchorage.
Designed by the late Carl Schumacher, FLYER has the solid construction and displacement that give a yacht an easy and forgiving motion; but her lines and design specification define those characteristics...long waterline, moderate beam, high righting moment, proper weight distribution and efficient foils. Her elegant handcrafted interior and semi-raised salon fill the cabin with natural light, comfortable accommodations and superb load carrying capability to ensure the comfort of all who venture out from the confines of a safe harbor.
FLYER has been superbly maintained by her owners; both very experienced and capable sailors. Her teak interior shows as a much newer boat. Her exterior is clean and glossy, her bilges clean and mold free, and zero corrosion thanks to continuous maintenance and light/exclusive Pacific Northwest use. FLYER has a new Iverson's Designs dodger, bimini and connector; DC genset; Webasto hydronic heating system; electric primary and main halyard winches; and low engine hours. This pristine Outbound 46 is conveniently located at our Lake Union display dock in the heart of Seattle. Come see for yourself. The photos do not lie!
FLYER's interior is beautifully finished in satin varnished teak with a teak and holly sole. All hatches in the teak and holly cabin sole are locking and drawers and louvered cabinet doors have positive latches to keep gear in place. Large salon windows fill the living area with natural light. Opening ports and hatches with teak screens provide excellent ventilation, and there are plenty of handholds to ease one's passage through the cabin when the seas kick up or you're heeling over. She sleeps six very comfortably in this two cabin layout with spacious pullman berth forward and quarter cabin aft. There is a head with separate shower stall in the forepeak and head with integral shower aft.
The master stateroom is located forward. The comfortable Pullman berth is oriented to port. Drawers below the berth provide excellent storage space. The berth also hinges to provide access to additional storage space outboard. Above the berth, a shelf with sliding door locker runs the length of the cabin along the hull side. Opposite to starboard, are two large lockers, and divided in the center by a bureau of five drawers. Forward of the cabin is the private head with separate shower stall.
The main salon is aft of the owner's cabin. There is a seven foot long U-shaped dinette to port with a drop leaf table and a straight settee to starboard. The table lowers and infills transforming the dinette into a double berth. The mid-section of the back rest of the starboard settee drops down to become a small table - great for a game of cards or a place for drinks! Book shelves with adjacent lockers are above both settees. The straight settee converts to a comfortable sea berth when underway. The cushions are covered in brown Ultra-suede. A flat screen TV is mounted on forward salon bulkhead with surround sound provided by a Bose entertainment system.
The U-shaped galley is to located port and includes polished Corian counters, forward facing Scandvik double stainless steel sink with Scandvik faucets and a Force Ten three burner propane stove with oven and broiler. Jabsco fresh and raw water foot pumps augment the pressure hot and cold water system. There are two access hatches to the large top opening fridge below the counter just forward of the stove. An auxiliary freezer is located below the workbench in the mechanical room aft of the galley. Both are cooled by Frigoboat 12V systems. There is plenty of space for storage of ship's stores, dishes, cutlery, and pots and pans. A teak dish rack is mounted above the sinks. While at first glance the galley will easily meet the needs of the most discerning chef, the space also meets the "safety at sea" requirement that is part and parcel of each OUTBOUND yacht. When tucked into the U-section of the galley, one is not only secure but also out of the way of any thing that might be launched from the stove top!
Across from the galley to starboard is the navigation station. Situated adjacent to the companionway, the navigator will be in close proximity to those on watch allowing for clear communication with the helmsman. The top opening chart table easily accommodates all necessary navigational equipment. A E-120 Raymarine radar chart plotter display is mounted in the cabinet above the table. The electrical panel is aft the helm seat.
The guest stateroom is aft of the nav station and is comprised of a comfortable double berth. Louvered lockers are above and outboard of the berth with additional storage in cabinets along the aft bulkhead. There is a large hanging locker and book shelves as well as two drawers below the berth. Two ports open into the cockpit, providing excellent ventilation.
Aft of the galley to port is the aft head, finished in molded white surfaces that are both bright and easy to clean. The compartment is well situated next to the companionway - the perfect place to shed salty foul weather gear before entering the main cabin. The stainless steel sink is set into a Corian countertop outboard. A cabinet above the vanity has sliding mirrored doors with further storage in the cabinet below. The Tecma electric head faces inboard along the hull side aft of the counter.
One of the unique aspects of the accommodations aboard FLYER is the space dedicated to the engine and mechanical systems. The companionway stairs lift easily on gas struts to provide access to the front end of the engine compartment which is well insulated. Additional panels in the head and guest stateroom provide excellent access to all sides of the engine. A dedicated shop and mechanical room is accessed via the aft head. The cockpit lazarette opens into this mechanical space, providing standing headroom at a workbench that runs along the port side when the hatch is open. The auxiliary freezer is located below the bench and there are drawers for tools and spares outboard. A Fisher Panda genset in sound enclosure is located inboard on the centerline just aft of the main engine. There is also excellent access to the propeller shaft seal in this well conceived space. Further aft, the steering quadrant can be easily accessed through a hatch in the aft bulkhead. While there is plenty of room for all the gear necessary for long term cruising, there is also space available to service these systems in conditions better than most stand up engine rooms.
FLYER's hull is conceived for serious offshore cruising. Each yacht is individually constructed of 100% hand laid solid fiberglass laminate...still the preferred choice with a massive system of stringers, longitudinals, and bulkheads that are carefully bonded directly to the hull while it is still in the mold. Laminates are increased in high stress areas and in the bow and bilge for added strength. Bi-axial fiberglass cloth adds to the overall impact resistance, outer layers of vinylester resin will protect against osmosis and Ashland MaxGuard premium grade ISO-NPG gelcoat will maintain the yacht's beauty for years to come. To eliminate troubling keel bolts and for maximum strength the hull and keel are molded as a single lamination. After the deck is through-bolted and sealed to the hull with 3M 5200 polyurethane sealant, the bulkheads are fiberglassed on their entire perimeter, not just screwed in place. All furniture is then carefully bonded to the hull, adding to the structural support system.
The deck is Baltek cored and vacuum bagged with the core materials removed and replaced with solid fiberglass with stainless steel backing plates and easy access removable overhead panels at all deck hardware locations. Pushpit and pulpit are 1 1/2" diameter stainless steel connected by double lifelines with gates port and starboard. Handrails extend from the pushpit to the midships gates to assist cockpit exit and entry. There are stainless steel grab rails along the coach top, a custom stainless steel double anchor roller, and six stainless steel 12" mooring cleats. There are ten opening ports and eight Lewmar hatches. Four dorades with chrome cowls, inside closures and line guards and a Nicro solar vent keep the air circulating in inclement weather when ports and hatches are battened down.
The cockpit is a safe and comfortable place whether driving the boat in a gale or resting in a quiet anchorage. The long seats provide plenty of room for entertaining, sleeping outside while your partner is on watch or sunbathing. Most importantly, the cockpit is deep and narrow with seat backs ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. For safety and comfort the Outbound 46 was designed to make moving about the cockpit and cabin as easy and safe as possible. A three step companionway allows you to use the whole boat without having to plan a major voyage down a steep and unsafe ladder. Forward of the companionway is a molded sea hood with integral instrument box and large coaming for dodger attachment. A walk-through transom with boarding platform and fold down swim/MOB ladder makes accessing the dinghy or returning to the boat after a refreshing swim easy.
Excellent stowage and load carrying capacity are designed into all aspects of the Outbound's hull and deck. Water (200 gallons) and fuel (180 gallons) tankage is below the sole and over the keel which adds to the boats upwind performance and opens up space under the settees and bunks for stowage. There is a large foredeck locker located forward of the watertight bulkhead that easily accommodates sails, dock steps, fenders anchors, or any cruising gear you want to keep out of the living spaces. The locker also offers standup access to the chain locker and makes setting and stowing the asymmetrical spinnaker a breeze. In addition to the forward locker there is a giant cockpit lazarette, a large propane locker, an outboard motor locker and room for the life raft under the helm seat for easy deployment.
FLYER was last hauled for bottom paint in June 2018. During the 2016 haulout, all bottom paint was stripped, new epoxy barrier coat and two coats of Seahawk Cukote black antifouling paint applied. The Max-prop was sent to PYI for service and returned as new. The prop shaft, strut, and propeller are coated with Pettit Barnacle Barrier.
FLYER is rigged for shorthanded sailing with all lines led aft the the cockpit and a powered main halyard/sheet winch on the starboard cabintop and massivle electric primary winches on the coaming. All sailing hardware is oversized and well suited for extended blue water cruising. The mast was pulled in 2018 and rigging thoroughly inspected; simply because it was ten years old.