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The May issue of Sailing Magazine also has a big article on this boat. Glowing as you would expect from a major magazine, but still worth reading of course.
Agreed that lots of boats have an inherent list, but LarryLevine makes this one sound a bit extreme. Beneteau''s "cure" may be fine if a bit crude. And Larry, I doubt there''s a risk of lead poisoning from what you described unless the lead surface is disturbed and becomes airborne in some way. But if it concerns you, a coat of epoxy or almost any kind of paint on the lead will take care of the problem. Others can comment on the hull stress issue, although I would focus on other things first.
Hang out on the Island Packet email list and you will find that IP owners commonly add batteries in strategic places to cure these kinds of lists. For whatever reason, IP owners can never have too many batteries anyway. The Tartan list also has had similar discussions about the factory adding lead weights to some models, so it''s not just the "production" boys and girls who do this.
My one comment on this design is why have 2 heads in a boat of this size. I agree with Jeff (YIKES!!!! PUT A RED MARK ON THE CALENDAR!!!!) that the forward head isn''t such a great idea. It will be unusable while underway except in the most benign conditions. My preference would be one larger head aft. But that totally depends on your family size, etc. You might need 2 heads, one for the kids.
Well, one more comment. I''m not a fan of the "pullman" style berth in the front cabin, either. It does have some access advantages over a traditional vee berth, but only for one person -- the one sleeping on the inside still has to keep rolling to make room for the other. And if this boat does list to port that much, the inside person could be crushed all night from the weight of the other -- not to mention climbing uphill to get out of it.