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Jeff H Punch some holes in this one
I love these boats.You can nitpick any boat but basically I love the hull design, rig,deck plan and mostly like the construction technique and interior layout (which is essentially the same layout as the J-160).
There is a lot to love about these boats. For offshore use the high ultimate stability (The IMS stability number of generally 10 to 15 degrees lower than actual limit of positive stability which would translates to something over 140 degrees of positive stability). That should appeal to any one.
If I have a criticism of the Aerodyne 47, I would like to see a bit more draft on a boat this size in order to allow a more efficient keel form and promote windward performance. I also have very mixed emotions about the keel construction. I really do not like encapsulated keels and this is even worse because the ballast bulb is bolted through the encapsulation envelope. This is somewhat mitigated by the epoxy construction envelope and the heavy keel top membrane.
In the interior, continuing with nitpicks, personally, I am not a fan of pullman berths but otherwise the interior layout seems like a great live-aboard interior. I am not sure that there is adequate storage capacity for serious distance voyaging. I personally do not like athwartship nav stations. I personally would have preferred to see a shallower notch in the dinette and to have used the volume for additional storage.
Other personal concerns, I am not sure how a dinghy would work with the open transom and I personally would not want the rigid dodger.
All that said, I think that almost all of my criticisms are minor in nature and reflect my own personal tastes and predudices rather than a universally accepted inherrent defect with the boat.
To a great extent this is the type of boat that I have been advocating for years. It represents a hull form and rig optimized for motion comfort, ease of handling, seaworthiness, and performance.