Look How She Shines
Although a lower helm station is offered (price n/a), standard command of the 441 is from the flying bridge. Here a swiveling captain's chair to starboard serves a huge console with room for all your gadgets. A double companion bench is to port. Visibility backing into the slip was fine. I wish the electronics access panel had a strut to hold it open. As is, you must prop it open with something or work one-handed.
Aft of the helm is a large lounge served by a fiberglass table. The table drops to form a reclining sunpad. A faux-granite-topped wetbar is abaft the helm. Purchase the optional four-zone air-conditioning (price n/a) and put up the canvas, and you have a second, climate-controlled salon, deliciously separated from noisy passengers in the salon below. Blue courtesy lights create slick ambience. The bridge stairway is protected by a hatch, not a simple chain. The hatch reduces noise considerably, although the underwater exhaust makes the 441 quiet to begin with.
Head down the steps and into the cockpit. Enter the salon through a massive, screened, stainless-steel slider. Two tiers of large, longitudinal windows, some of which open, provide light, ventilation, and a view of the harbor from every seat. Ultraleather covers the sofa, and chairs are upholstered in fabric. The headliner is a fiberglass inset with wood. Look close: The insets are actually air-conditioning diffusers, eliminating cold spots. Cabinets are frosted glass and lit from within.
Forward is the dinette, which seats six, or it can be set up as the second helm. Forward of that is the galley. An up configuration, this fully equipped, hardwood-floored cooking area provides room for what awaits belowdecks: a guest stateroom that runs full beam amidships. Here, hidden stowage behind the headboard is a great use of dead space. Private access to the day head? Natch.
Enter the master stateroom in the forepeak. The island berth sports an innerspring pillowtop mattress. A private head, cedar-lined lockers, and tons of architectural detail put captain and mate in the lap of luxury. You'll be as relaxed here as you will be using the Total Command joystick to dock the 441 in a crosswind.