The 405's stem is virtually plumb and she sports a long waterline. She has a deep semi-balanced rudder that grips the water well, and the bulk of her cast iron ballast is carried in a large bulb. The 405GL has twin wheels connected via cables directly to the quadrant above the deep spade rudder. Combined with a wide transom gate and drop-down swim platform, this allows easy access to the stern. A large fridge, accessible from the top or front, creates a sturdy surface for the cook to lean against in both layouts. Both plans are also well-equipped with good lighting and have plenty of useful stowage space. The aft head is slightly narrower than the forward one, but there still is room to shower. Both are well ventilated with ample stowage and foul weather gear.