January 10, 2013

Project: Windy 45 Chinook

Norwegian boat builder Windy is to unveil a new sport cruiser model at the 2013 Düsseldorf Boat Show taking part in January which combines the comfort and protection of hard top cruising with the exhilaration of an open sports boat.  Involving a renewal in design, tooling and customer research, the new 45 Chinook, is a further development of the 44, and boasts an enlarged hardtop that offers more shelter to the cockpit and main deck seating areas.  It also features a huge opening sunroof, transforming the boat at the touch of a button from a fully enclosed, hard-top cruiser into an open-cockpit sports machine. The new model is also one feet longer than its award-winning predecessor, thanks to an extended swimming platform.  The designers at Windy also took the opportunity to redesign and enlarge the topsides windows to match the right-angles of the look presented with the 40 Maestro by the Norwegian builder. Also in common with the Maestro, the 45 Chinook has a fresh new interior design by Peder Eidsgaard, which combines cool and understated modernity with the warmth and solidity of hardwood. Tactile detailing emphasise the built-in quality always synonym with Windy.  As is expected the new 45 still retains the Chinook’s excellent, family-friendly layout, with a lower saloon and galley, and three double cabins. Two Volvo engine choices, a standard 370 and optional 435hp with IPS pod drives and the much respected superb Hans-Jørgen Johnsen hull should take you to top speed up to 44 knots.