The arch also provides a convenient support for a soft or hard dodger, a bimini top, or a full canvas cockpit enclosure for inclement climes. The curved glass of the Malö 41 sets it apart from its peers, as does the oversized, 30-millimeter stainless-steel tubing for stanchions and pulpits. It's the only boat of the three that offers a shoal-draft option.
"In terms of beauty and function and storage and ease of maintenance, this was among the best of any of the boats we saw this year," said Carol.
All three boats feature teak decks fastened over cored decks, something the BOTY judges didn't like, but the builders go to great extremes to protect against water penetration. Most of the Malö's deck hardware is bolted through fiberglass riser pads, not teak, leaving no path for moisture to reach the core. Where these risers occur, solid laminate replaces core; in some places, the hardware is bolted into aluminum flat stock encapsulated in the deck, eliminating through-deck penetrations. Owners have a choice of balsa or Divinycell core in the deck as well as the hull.