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post #21 of Old 11-03-2009
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Yes, it is a perfect boat for a couple or even four or more people. We are very impressed with the design of the 33 foot.....the v-berth has an area with a hanging locker and a storage cupboard across from it. The space between affords an area to stand and change clothes, with a sliding pocket door dividing it from the cabin. The unique walk thru head is a huge space saver and forms a companionway to the aft cabin when not being used. With the two doors closed when in use, it makes a spacious area for the head. The galley is larger than any we had seen in this size. Lots of storage below...less above but with a little creativity, it can be worked out. We searched for a long time for a sailboat with a stand up full aft cabin (the transom portholes we'd only seen on much bigger boats). Any boat with all the features we wanted was alot larger or the bed was mostly under the cockpit without much room. Also, on this forum someone mentioned about the engine compartment being is not a problem at all as it is accessable from all four sides. Maybe he or she was not aware that the cabinet beside the bed in the aft cabin slides off easily. That, with access on both sides (from the galley and the head) as well as under the ladder to the deck, the engine is wide open.
A Nantucket Island 33 sold about a year before we bought ours but it had teak decks and the flat ceiling in the aft cabin. We were just going to put an offer in when it was sold. We didn't expect another to come up for sale for a long time as there were so few around in North America but when this one came up with fiberglass decks, we had to jump on it. Anyone we've had on board can't believe it is only 33 feet - every inch is used very practically. It has a little higher freeboard with the flush deck but it does not seem to make any difference in handling and it makes lots more room on deck.
I don't know how many were built but it can't be many for the North American market. If you look at the ones available in Australia, they are quite different in the finishing inside. We really liked the traditional feel of the interior as well, nice teak. We have searched any available websites and haven't been able to find much on them. I was hoping someone would start an owners website.
Don't know if that helps much in your search for information, but hopefully someone will write in and supply both of us with some more. Where did you read Bob Perry's review? - I haven't seen it.
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