I originally chose the 361 due to better performance under sail and easier handling under power from the newer-style Najad hulls combined with the bulletproof build quality and craftsmanship of traditional Najads. Very seaworthy with a comfortable motion and well-designed below. Not the fastest, but you really appreciate these qualities in a 'Solent chop'. Would be an extremely safe and capable long-distance cruiser but she has been used very lightly - mostly family sailing within a very narrow cruising area. Good on all points of sail and bow thruster makes marinas easy. Kept at Berthon for last 9 years with regular maintenance - even when hardly used.
The Najad 361 is designed with a greater waterline together with a longer overhang at the stern. This results is a slimmed hull with a full and finer line for the water to flow. The design and length of the keel gives the Najad 361 good course stability and motion at sea. Out of the water the keel is long enough to be stepped on the shore, not to be supported longitudinally. A well-dimensioned floor plate construction is laminated in the hull to support forces from both rig and keel. The ballast keel is bolted on and a small wing at the bottom of the keel reduces the water flow beneath the keel which results in less drag.
With the Najad 361 we have created a vessel that can be compared with much larger yachts. Accommodation below is planned from the experience we have gained from being at sea. The galley and heads are located amidships where the movement of a yacht is least. A crew of four may live comfortably in the forward and aft cabins. When required, the two settees in the saloon may also be used as additional berths. The accommodation is built completely in selected and unstained mahogany that is varnished to a satin finish providing the interior with a natural feel and special character. Large deck hatches and portholes ensure that the cabins are light and airy.