Sometimes it seems odd to me that so many “variations on the theme” appear. After all, why do this DUCK when there’s so many others? Well, they all have little features that are different. I don’t really know if any are better than the other but at the time, there was something that seemed to make the new one “special.”
This version takes themes that worked so well on the 44, other things from the 462 (such as the step transom that looks goofy but is very very practical; hell, I’ve even decided I LIKE the look) that make her special, and blend them. The 462 is only available as a finished boat from Seahorse. And Bill only builds her oneway; flat out outrageous yacht with about all the bells and whistles. It’s a wonderful boat and a great deal but it still isn’t affordable by many of us.
But this one is available as plans so can be built anywhere, and in any fashion you like. Me, I can see doing her in a simple and rugged “fishboat” manner and she’d be just great that way. But she’d also be just great with all the stuff on her too; it’s your choice.
Plans are currently being finished and it looks like the first of these will be built in Pt. Townsend, near me. The yard there says they can do all the steel work (nothing else) for a price in the mid 70K range. If you wanted to finish her yourself you could get into her at a reasonable price by today’s standards.This yard can also turn out a top turnkey boat too by the way, which is how they’re doing the first one.
|Here’s the basic 452. She has that step transom idea of the 462 as well as the cockpit of both the 462 and the 44.|
|Here’s the way I’d build her! I love the look of the “in yo’ face” flybridge.|
Here’s the interior we seem to have settled on. If I was building her myself I’d likely just have one head, the one in the bow, and in the stern I’d put a good desk and office area where the head there is. I still find it funny that the RV industry can survive with one head per rig regardless of cost, and most boats seem to need two!
LOA: …… 47.33 ft