Review Date: Fri March 31, 2000
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
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Built in Southhampton by Victoria Marine (Victoria Boatworks)
Desgined by Chuck Paine
I've collected a fair amount of articles on this model and it's generally
thought to be an excellent small bluewater capable boat. I haven't had
the chance for extensive cruising yet, but it's incredibly stable, tracks
well, well balanced, plenty of space (lots of lazarette space), and for a
cruisy boat, a decent light wind performer (easily 4k in 7k wind with self
tacking, 95%, jib). In heavier air (25k so far) and swell it sails wonderfully. Great setup with the chart table/pilot berth and nice galley. Space for lot
of upgrades. Exceptionally solid construction. Very safe cockpit design. Great lines, classic looks, nice teak trim and rail...
Downsides = a bit light on the tankage (~60g water/ ~34g diesel) for
people that want extended cruising. Also the interior is built around a
great hull shape so don't expect the cabin roominess and fat beam
of the current flock of dockside condos... I replaced what looked like
white metal through hulls with bronze, and changed some of the rigging
to my preference and minor maintence, suprisingly little for a 13 year
I think it'd be hard to do better for a well-built, good looking, well mannered,
safe, cruiser in this size...though as I learn more, I'll update this. One
problem....try to find one...it's pretty hard on the West Coast.
Morris Yachts built a version of the boat which I'm sure has an
exceptional interior. Compare this boat to the 'boat of the year"
Morris 34! It's almost the same!