Dear "Spineless in Seattle" (aka: LarryLevine) Read the posts, evaluate the technical merits, crawl around on your belly through this beast you''ve fallen in love with and make a decision man! Let me summarize this thread for you, underpowered rig, penalty for non in-mast furling, inferior hardware, iron keel, permanent list, springy floor, undersized windlass, cheap and flimsy cabin fittings and other hardware. This sounds like the prefect boat for you. I''m wondering, are you going to ask Jeff if you should wipe your ass after the next bowel movement?
My advise, take the equivalent amount money and buy a pre-owned, Tartan, J-Boat, Ericson, Pearson, Passport, Bristol, Sceptre, Frers, Dufour, Pacific Seacraft, Nordic or Dehler. Get a backbone man!