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post #4 of Old 01-22-2011
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We own a Warrior 38 and have sailed three seasons with her now, from the Scottish border to La Rochelle. She is spacious and comfortable to live on. We enjoy the cabin layout in which there is always free space to move around the ship with people seated. The separate settee over the water tank in the middel is a great suport when working in the galleyin a seaway. I moved the backside some 10 cm (4 inches for the non-metric) backward to get it a bit closer to the galley. There is a huge amount of storage space. Navigation in the port cabin is great.
The deck is wide and spacious, enough room to carry a dinghy upside down on the foredeck; We positioned the liferaft such that the dinghy fits neatly on top of it, helping to secure it. THe grannybars are a great safety feature at both sides of the mast when reefing. The sails are easy to handle. We replaced the yankee by a genoa and had to go to bigger winches, but it helps for better sailing.
She is heavy and broad-beamed, so upwind sailing is not a strong point. As soon as you give a bit of sheet and steer a bit broader, she starts running nicely.
I replaced our fixed three blade propeller this winter, hope that will make for a bit better sailing.
Hope this helps.
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