Quick Look: Knysna 440

Jeremy McGeary reviews this new cat for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show.

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Big cats are as ubiquitous in South African waters as they are on the Veldt, and the latest breed to cast a glance toward America is Knysna.

Designed by Angelo Lavranos, the Knysna 440 achieves a slinky low profile through deft treatment of the hull-to-deck-connection and a relatively small deck saloon. An arch on the stern carries the mainsheet out of people range and also draws the eye aft, emphasizing the effect of the long bow and the steeply raked mast.

The standard sailing rig of big main and furling genoa can be supplemented with an optional screecher on a bowsprit and also a spinnaker.

Below, the decor is influenced by the colors and style associated with beachfront living, and a choice of arrangements, for example galley-down or galley-up, is offered to suit either charter requirements or private use.