Matrix is a visonary catamaran builder in South Africa, and the Vision 450 has a striking wedge-shaped cabin top, modern plumb bows and a cockpit hardtop that fits the cabin top neatly. What's notable is the fairness of the finish on all fiberglass moldings and veneered furniture. It's clear the Matrix Vision 450 is a luxury yacht from the outset.
Under power, the 450 handles easily using the 2 X 39hp Yanmar 3JH5E diesel engines to compliment her steering. These engines have less than 800 hours on them. The boat will pivot in its own length and will maneuver in and out of any docking situation. Visibility from the raised helm is good. The 450 will cruise in flat water at 8 knots and has enough reserve power to hit almost 10 knots at full throttle.
On deck, the 450 has wide side decks and a well-designed foredeck area where you can sit out of the wind. The anchoring system is simple for one person to use and set far enough aft to keep the weight of chain and anchors near the boat’s center of gravity. There are handy lockers in the foredeck and aft around the cockpit that can be used for deck gear and to stow sheets and lines while underway. The covered cockpit has a large dinette that will seat eight adults for a meal. An outdoor fridge has been built in under the forward dinette seat. When on the hook, we use the SOLE Diesel 6.6KVA Generator (new in 2017) to power our 16000BTU Webasto air condioner.
The saloon and galley work well with the fridge-freezer near the cockpit door and the U-shaped galley to port. The inside dinette seats four on the curved bench and three more can join the party by sitting on stools or small portable chairs.
2 X 39hp Yanmar 3JH5E diesel engines coupled to Yanmar SD60 sail drives
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