Review Date : Thu, 22 Sep 2011
Author : Dick Durham
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Technical specifications: interior layout, hull and rig plans, facts, figures and vital statistics for the Salona 41
|For:||Excellent design and construction|
|Against:||Unsteady chart table|
The Salona 41 is a very sporty cruising boat, easily handled by a crew of two, and a real looker to boot. She is built to a high standard and is fitted with top of the range kit, including Harken winches. She has superb hull-keel strength from the lead keel being built over a steel skeleton which bolts onto the hull cage.
Salona has sold yachts to sailors who have competed in the Sydney-Hobart Race, which gives some idea of their performance. But she holds her sail well, is easily driven and effortlessly sailed short-handed.
AT THE HELM
Twin carbon fibre wheels are mounted astern of her German mainsheet system: a necessity for such a tall rig so the helmsman can reach the Harken 40, two-speed self-tailers.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The vacuum infused hull comprises a solid laminate on the bottom and hand- laminated polyester elsewhere. There are watertight bulkheads in bow and stern.
She has a fully-battened mainsail and genoa carried on a rig which sports double spreaders and rod rigging which can be tuned via the adjustable backstay, thanks to stiffening from the boat's internal frame.
The open-backed cockpit is a popular modern feature, although a little exposed with only wire guardrails to stop the helmsman toppling backward into the boat's creaming wake.
She's stylishly finished with excellent details on the teak finish, but could do with grabrails in front of the nav station and galley. The reading lights cannot support their own weight and flop down.
When the boat was heeling on starboard tack I slid off the navigator's seat. The only way I could stay on station was to swivel round and brace myself against the bottom step of the companionway.
The galley to port has a lot of worktop space with a gimballed, stainless steel, twin-burner oven and grill, top loading fridge and twin stainless steel sinks with hot and cold water. A bum strap would not go amiss.
Cupboards in the head open up to reveal the anatomy of the boat: discharge pipes, holding tank and plumbing. The latter could be tied back and a shelf fitted for useful stowage. There is a fully drained wet locker.
The seacocks are either inside cupboard doors or under the bunks and easy to access. The engine is accessed from piston-operated companionway stairs. The bilge pump is self-priming.
I would be surprised if Salona did not become a household name among British sailors over the next decade.