Najad 570: A Robust, Ready Swede
A powerful center-cockpit sloop makes a fitting Scandinavian flagship.
The vacuum-infused hull and deck are laid up in a sandwich consisting of vinylester resin and multi-axial E-glass over a Divinycell foam core. There are a couple of layers of epoxy primer below the waterline. The keel blade is cast-iron; the attached bulb is lead. The balanced spade rudder is hung off a solid stainless-steel rudder post. Did I mention this boat is a gas to steer?
One gains the interior accommodations via a four-step companionway. The layout and furniture, from interior designers Rhoades Young, is finished in light African mahogany with trim and flooring in another light wood, Brazilian jatoba. Combined with the natural light streaming in from the raised saloon windows, it creates an attractive, very inviting space and atmosphere.
In some ways, the large, walk-in engine room—which can be further accessed by removing the companionway stairs and a series of panels behind the straight-line galley, to port—is the centerpiece of the interior plan. That’s because the Najad 570 is a semicustom yacht, and owners have lots of leeway in how they arrange the staterooms. The forward-facing navigation station, to starboard, is the other fixed area; the table itself has seats on both sides for use as a social, lounging area at anchor or dockside. One very nifty feature is the fold-down switchboard, which provides ready access to fuses and circuit breakers, and an adjacent, removable panel to access fluxgate compasses, the Furuno black boxes, and related instrumentation.
Otherwise, you may lay out the 570 to suit your crew and itinerary. In the main saloon, you can install a “mid-sofa” opposite the L-shaped settee and dining table. The master stateroom aft can be replaced by a pair of twin double-berth cabins. You can choose a spacious private forward cabin with its own sofa and table, or instead request a second dedicated cabin with “bunk-style” berths. Or, if you have a captain on board—and some owners will—you can request the crew cabin to starboard, aft of the nav area, with its own enclosed head. It’s difficult to imagine that you’d be disappointed with any of the choices.
After our bouncy ride at the mouth of the bay, we turned, set the code zero on its own furler, and romped northward in relatively flat water at a wind angle of around 120 degrees apparent, sliding along at 8 to 10 knots as if on rails. It was an almost perfect sail, right up to the end, when we had to go home. Lucky is the sailor of a new Najad 570, who’ll already be there.
Herb McCormick, a Cruising World editor at large, is a veteran offshore sailor.
LOA 57’ 6” (17.5 m.)
LWL 54’ 4” (16.5 m.)
Beam 16’ 7” (5.0 m.)
Draft (shoal) 6’ 8” (2.1 m.)
(deep) 8’ 9” (2.7 m.)
Sail Area 1,600 sq. ft. (164 sq. m.)
Ballast 16,400 lb. (7,438 kg.)
Displacement 57,200 lb. (25,945 kg.)
Water 220 gal. (800 l.)
Fuel 181 gal. (1,200 l.)
Holding 37 gal. (140 l.)
Engine Volvo Penta D4-180
Designer Judel/Vrolijk & Co.