The Windy 46 Chinook is the class leader in terms of performance, handling, and build quality.
The 46 is the last iteration of the fabulous Chinook range, and features an extended powered-opening sunroof, to really maximise the all-weather potential of this refined hooligan of a powerboat. Built in Vastervik on the East Coast of Sweden, she wears her Scandinavian heritage proudly.
Powerful twin 5.5-litre IPS-600 Volvo Penta pod power seamlessly pairs with the exceptionally competent Hans J Johnsen hull form, ensuring she reaches 40 knots (an incredibly rare speed for an 11-ton cruising boat) while remaining easy to handle. Her main deck and cockpit are simple yet effective, offering ample seating, a wet bar, and sunbathing areas both fore and aft, all complementing three well-sized and practical cabins.
Whereas many similar boats will have a lonely helm perched alone at the controls, the Chinook boasts a dedicated, adjustable helm seat, accompanied by a triple bench seat for passengers who can also enjoy the view over its gracefully sloping bow. The helm position is, to put it simply, the best there is for a boat of this size. The floor adjusts, with three selectable levels, the wheel is adjustable for a perfect fit, and the throttles fall readily to hand. It amazes me how many boats I’ve been on with simply terrible helm ergonomics, but this one is close to perfection in terms of sports-cruiser helm design. Of course, the helm surround is covered in a Matte Grey Nextel paint coating, eliminating glare reflected onto the large windscreens, and the main plotter adjusts electrically to ensure the sun never gets in your eyes. When you do need some sun, simply flick the rocker switch, and the sunroof canvas glides neatly back into its own garage in the hardtop, giving you a fully open boat. When the clouds gather and the wind kicks up, the motor closes the concertina shut, providing protection for you and your crew from the elements.
Below decks are also thought out very well and highly practical.
Her cabin soles are finished in dark Marsh Oak timber to contrast with the Walnut cabinetry and Pewter-toned worktops. The galley is linear, offering ample storage space, and there is also dedicated space beneath the saloon sole boards. Two aft cabins stretch toward the stern, featuring a double (port) and a level twin berth (starboard), both equipped with full hanging lockers, good lighting, and ventilation, along with heating if needed. The day head/shower is amidships and features a natural teak grating, a spacious round shower, and an electric toilet. Forward in the saloon, the lounge area to starboard benefits from excellent lighting through the four portrait hull windows and includes a comfortable sofa, a table, and ample storage space for odds and ends. Moving forward from the bulkhead is the Master cabin, complete with en suite facilities to port. A centerline double bed is surrounded by eye-level lockers, a double hanging locker to starboard, and a vanity unit to port. The heads/shower ensures that you leave feeling clean, refreshed, and ready for the next challenge or a pleasant dinner in the company ashore. Accommodating three double cabins and two high-quality WC/showers is no small feat, yet the 46 never feels cramped.
Performance through the water is, as you should expect from Windy, a true revelation. These boats are owned by those who wish to push the boundaries and desire the reassurance of having a hull beneath them that will relish having its reins lengthened, breaking into a canter, and delivering them safely over the finish line and into the winner’s circle, breathless yet unbowed.
These boats are just fab, and Havildar II is a very well-specified, two Owner from new, Med. spec. example.
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I see the Windy Chinook 46 is a modern classic. It boasts incredible sea-keeping qualities, can reach 40 knots, features three full cabins, and has a huge cockpit made for entertaining. We have explored the English and French coasts without a single issue, and I have kept the boat in full operational condition with all systems updated and working. The only problem with Windy is that they did not make a successor.