For sailors who thought they’d never find a center cockpit yacht they’d enjoy, enter the
Outbound 52. Forget the "layer cakes" with mile high cockpits and steep companionways.
The Outbound 52 sports clean lines, moderate displacement, low freeboard, a low cockpit,
a three-step companionway, and push button sailing, not to mention the sweetest helm
you’ll find on any yacht, cruising or racing.
Outbound Yachts we tackle safety from
a performance and ergonomic point
of view … yachts that can get out
of their own way, not to mention adverse
weather, and that fight fatigue with
simple systems and excellent ergonomics
are simply safer for the cruising
couple. Add construction with the
finest materials and a beautiful hand-crafted
interior, and you’ll have a fun, safe,
and comfortable yacht that will be
the envy of any anchorage.
to our design was a yacht that
can be handled by a cruising
couple with ease. To Outbound
this means moderate displacement,
a low cockpit, and a short companionway.
The result is a comfortable,
easy to handle, and safe offshore
passagemaker. The cockpit is
deep with the sole approximately
16 inches closer to the waterline
than other center cockpit designs.
The short companionway makes
the cockpit an extension of
the interior with easy and safe
access. The salon is “semi-raised”
offering a bright and airy interior.
semi-raised salon also provides
space for tanks under the salon
sole, in the center of the boat,
putting weight where it should
be and opening up stowage under
settees and bunks. Four 225
amp AGM batteries are also centrally
located over the low CG bulb
Adding to our fatigue fighting philosphy, great emphasis is placed on system
simplicity and access. A work bench ensures that the generous galley counters are
reserved for cooking.
successful racing yacht designers
ensures sweet sailing and well
behaved yachts. Filling the
giant shoes of the late Carl
Schumacher, designer of our
44, was a daunting task. Technical
knowledge, artistic ability,
experience, and, most importantly,
an open mind were required to
avoid rehashing the same old
center cockpit geometry. After
talking with designers around
the world, our search led us
right to our back yard.
Kernan's unique education,
5 years experience with Robert
Perry, collaboration with Morelli
and Melvin, the incredible success
of his 70' sled "Peligoros",
then his first renderings of
our vision, we knew we had discovered
a young talent. Like Schumacher's
Outbound 44 design, the 52's
fine entry, moderate beam, long
waterline, and high righting
moment provide weather beating
performance, while solid construction
and moderate displacement offer
a forgiving motion.