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I have had my 4800 for a year or so now. I love my boat. I agree that she does not point well into the wind. If you keep her on the the tail of the windvane she is losing speed, so I keep the indicator on the outside of the arrow. The ease of use of the sails and the sail layout is great. I'd almost go as far to say that it is the best layout I have come across, with a reasonably untrammelled deck. In gusty winds she leans over easily so can be quite exciting. Any real problems the quick release mechanism on the main is a lifesaver. At 18 knots wind a precautionary reef in the mainsail is wise. The Volvo engine has also been replaced by a Nanni 36 at some time in the past. Solid piece of kit. This boat needs an autopilot if you are soloing! but is easy to handle solo - she is quite skittish about holding a course (so making tea can be an issue). Manoeuvrability in marina is excellent. They are well made boats - mine is on original gelcoat with no signs of problems. For my budget, I think she is a great all rounder in racing or in cruising. A whole lot of boat for the cash. There is a Dehler 36 parked next to me in the marina and looking at her, the 4800 is a better layout, especially in the cockpit.
There are 2 versions; cruising with mid engine; and ocean with he engine to the rear of the companionway(mine is the ocean). Anyway Hope this helps. Anything specific come back to me. Cheers