Review Date: Thu August 24, 2000
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: None indicated
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New to me in 2000, I'm very impressed with the boats construction and design. I have the fixed fin keel version of this boat (no trailer), which appears to be rare (?). Low freeboard means low windage when beating to windward, which results in excellent pointing. Not a 100% dry ride, however, it is very reasonably dry. Just some bow spray when plowing through the big'uns!
Specifics for mine include a two burner stove, small icebox, 3 gallons freshwater (I'm hoping to adapt this to multiple 5 gallon tanks, switchable while underway), 2 sinks (head & galley), semi enclosed porta pottie head (exposed to v-berth), VHF, GPS, Depth, Compass, Johnson 9.9 O/B, sleeps 2 guys well, or 2 guys and their dates, but definately not 4 guys... the berths are too tight! (literature says 5, but I wouldn't stuff anyone I liked into the rear 1/4 berth! I use it for storage of cockpit cushions and cabin berth extender.) Also, the small porta pottie gives enough headroom to be comfortable, however, not enough tankage for a good long weekend w/friends. Sacrifice the headroom in the pottie berth, go for a bigger porta pottie with more tankage!
I've had her out all season, several times in a serious bit of blow and she can really take a good puff! She'll ghost along fine in lighter winds, and power up well when it gets heavier. 150 Genoa/full main to 12/15 knots wind, Jib/full main to 18/20 knots wind, and then start reefing the main. I'd like a to have 135 Genoa to blur those sail change lines a bit so I can still have some sail overlap at higher winds, 'cause the boat really likes to sail the slot between the sails when beating!
With a modified mainsheet system that includes a traveler across the front of the cockpit, cockpit space gets tight with 4 people, but if everyone is attentive to lines and feet placement, or if the skipper and 1 passenger scoot back to sit on the "lazarette" (not really, but sort of) and lean against the stern rail (which, with a cushion, is really quite comfortable!), cockpit room seems OK. I wouldn't sail with more than 4, though.
I've modified the interior a bit by putting a cooler mount in the starboard single settee, as this is convenient to the counter/cooktop. The built in icebox is used for dry goods, as it lacks any type of insulation. I've added a Guest charger, handheld GPS, handheld VHF, stereo, and a fishfinder for depth.
The GPS and VHF are mounted on RAM mounts to the cockpit bulkhead. That way I can see/use them from the cockpit. The built in VHF is at the fore end of the cabin, and unusable in the event of an emergency.
The cabin top pops up and secures, so that it doesn't drop down on unsuspecting occupants! When at anchor, we pop the top for standing headroom in the galley, cooking pasta/vegatables/cous cous on the stove top and cooking meat on the grill off the stern rail. It's quite comfortable. I hope to make a canvas cover to use with the pop top so that I can leave it up for overnights with mosquitto netting for windows, but still keep the critters out of the cabin.
The front hatch kind of sucks, as it is a nonstandard item. Don't count on buying a replacement should it be broken!
Also, the stock cleats are all way too small!
She's not the most comfortable boat as far as motion sickness goes, but what light, small boat is? I haven't had any problems, though non-sailor friends have.
All in all, I enjoy her much, and look forward to each weekend i can spend with her.