a. I should have said 15-20 with gusts to 25 knots, which is really just a good sailing day.
b. You can judge the clearance looking at boats in marinas. Loaded for cruising is 1/2 inches less.
c. Perhaps 6" is closer. See attached for-sale boat. For certain this is without supplies and light tanks, since folks empty boats for make them look bigger. Also, no tender on the davits.
Gemini 105Mc - Stern | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
But I'm NOT bashing the boat. There are several in my marina and I think they are a good design. I chose differently because I like the PDQ better, for MY needs.
* 360 degree view.
* very solid, never a groan in any pounding.
* Better view from salon.
* Better overall reliability.
* Deeper draft.
* More steps down to hulls (because the bridge deck is higher).
* More beam (16') but still generally able to get slips.
* More $$$.