I have had a Seawolf 41 for a year now, and I still love it, but there are a number of caveats. I purchased mine as a liveaboard, and there is something about the interior of the CT/Seawolf/Formosa that I find much more "homey" than most sailboats this size. But then I am not a cook, so I don''t mind the very small galley. I also love the look of the boat, and got a lot of comments on her looks (right now she is in need of a decktop paint job).
Having said that, there is a lot to what Jeff says. Although most of the problems on mine had long been rectified (new thru hulls and fittings, new aluminum mast, etc etc), I spent several weeks this summer repairing dry rot in the cabin top (my decks are fiberglass). In addition, I rewired the whole boat as soon as I got her, but then I have had to rewire numerous boats of all makes, wiring standards even ten years ago left a lot to be desired.
I have no where to go fast, so I don''t mind that she is dreadfully slow. I have a friend with a Beneteau 36, that has the same waterline as the Seawolf 41, and the only way I can keep up with him is on a downwind run where I can put up a LOT more sail (he doesn''t have a spinnaker)
Given the ketch configuration, the sails can easily be handled by one person, and I often sail solo. But it takes me as much time to set one sail as it takes to set both the main and foresail on a modern boat with roller furling. Again, I am in no hurry so I don''t mind, and it''s lots of good exercise
The boat tracks as straight as an arrow, I can easily balance the boats sail and let her steer herself. Maneuverability in the marina leaves a lot to be desired, especially in reverse. Some owners advocate making the rudder larger to give it more bite in reverse.
I haven''t had her in what I would call heavy weather yet (30 knots max so far), so I don''t know if Jeff''s comments on the heavy weather sailing aspect are correct. I have seen comments from others in the ct mailing list that the CT does well in heavy weather.
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