Charter boats constitute the last large class of working sailboats; their worth derives not from their aesthetics or sailing characteristics necessarily but from hard economics. Ideally, the designs evolve over time as designer and builder incorporate feedback from those who charter, service, and own the boats. The Moorings, designer Berret Racoupeau, and builder Beneteau began their partnership more than 20 years ago with the Moorings 432. Their latest offering will appeal to charterers looking to combine monohull sailing performance with multihull carrying capacity and privacy. It brings together three essential qualities for charter success: a crowd-friendly layout above and below decks, straightforward controls readily mastered by inexperienced sailors, and simple, accessible systems.
Berret Racoupeau has designed spaces abovedecks and below that can accommodate a large number of people with minimal congestion by providing multiple paths through the boat and eliminating most choke points. On deck, most boathandling can be managed by a single person from behind one of the twin wheels without interfering with circulation from the swim platform forward to the cockpit seats or out to the side decks. The placement of the chart plotter on a ball mount under the aft end of the table ensures that it will always be visible to the helmsman, even with a cockpit full of people. The mainsheet attaches to an overhead arch, and all lines and sail controls are positioned in the forward and aft ends of the cockpit, eliminating the need for crew to dodge the mainsheet or traveler and to climb over one another to handle sails.