The shakedown cruise was flawless. TMM did an excellent job in the commissioning of Cool Change. Everything was ready and working as it should be.
The best feature of the 450 is the bridge deck. There is room for the entire group up there, either all on the bench, or longing forward of the helm. Almost all of our time underway was spent up top.
Sail handling was all from the cockpit. I single handed Cool Change the whole time. Good close, beam, and broad reach performance for a cat.
One of my upcoming charterers was concerned about the audio system. I am a critic, and found it to be among the best I've found on bareboat charter yachts. Speakers on the bridge, in the cockpit, and in the salon, all adjustable through the B&G chartplotter. The blue tooth connectivity from the bridge to the salon was great and there is a 12V outlet on the bridge for long sailing days.
The view from the navigation desk is great. I've been on too many charter boats without good visibility, and with no chart plotter at the desk. It only takes one time in a storm with a touch screen chart plotter in the rain, and you'll splurge for the second chart plotter. Again, take if from a single hander, you'll appreciate the dual B&G chart plotters.
The hardtop bimini was an option I floundered on. Thankfully, TMM talked me into this feature. Not only did I enjoy the sun protection, but I also thankful for the working platform when zipping the sail cover. It also provided good hand holds while moving around the bridge deck.
The generator and air conditioning were a welcome relief. The few extra degrees of summer, combined with light nighttime wind, made for a hot cabin. Each state room and the salon has it's own controls, so everybody is happy.
Historically, marine refrigeration has been a problem with my past charters. I don't know why these worked so well, but both refrigerators and the freezer worked perfectly and without complaint, quiet, too. Extra Cool Change Koozies have been left aboard to keep you drinks cold!
Sorry, didn't cook a thing on the boat except bagels and coffee. I did check the gas valve, and light everything, but didn't put it to use. I was glad to see gimbles on the stove, even on a stable cat. It was nice to have a microwave, too.
TMM has installed a 2500W upgraded inverter. I was pleased that the microwave, a hair dryer, a toaster, all worked without the generator. Of course, the battery draw was high for a short time, but no trips. Perhaps all new boats are this good.
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