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Benford 30 dory, anyone sailed one??
(If you read forums on CruisersForum you'll recognize this post, just trying to find any info on these boats as there's not much out there, sorry for duplicate postings around the interwebnet).
Came across a Benford 30' pilothouse recently that really caught my eye, curious if anyone has any experience actually out on one of these... checked through he forums and there are a few mentions of Badger (the junk rigged 34) but not much else.
Back story is looking for pilothouse for myself and my wife, preferably full keel and burly, for San Juan Islands (now), Gulf Islands (now), around Vancouver Island (eventually) and up to Alaska (eventually eventually). Been mostly looking at William Garden designs like Gulf 32, Truant / Saturna 33, Rawson 30 PH (if I could find one) etc.
The Benford is 6000# displacement vs 10000+ for the others, but it is full keel and quite a neatly designed boat.
My real question is how it sails and how stable it feels, particularly at anchor / mooring. I have been out in the islands in a 4000# trailer sailor and we had to find *very* protected anchorages or even just the swirling of the currents was enough to rock us around... I'm concerned this would be an issue with the Benford (although my trailer sailor, of course, was centerboard not full keel).
If anyone has any experience with these designs I'd sure be interested to hear about it.
(Caveats: I know it's more about the sailor than the boat, I'm average but not great sailor with decent judgement, so margin of error is still important to me... and I know these were not production boats so the quality of the actual build could vary hugely).
Thanks in advance,