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Advice on a little talked about classic
I am currently looking seriously at a seawind 30. Personal surveys have gone great, and a professional survey by an accredited marine surveyor is next. The diesel is the only thing I have not had a chance to look at properly. (I understand that the auxillary power is a huge part of the boat $$$) I understand that these were the first plastic boats to circumnavigate, but as other posts have stated, it is not whether or not a boat can do it but what level of safety the boat itself offers in inclimate weather. (most safety admittedly comes with an experienced helmsman and crew.) I was wondering with its somewhat shallow draft (4ft and some change) how well it can be expected to heave to. Also, can anyone speak to known weaknesses of these predecessors of the more easily found Seawind IIs. This is a rare sloop rig instead of ketch, so no mizzen cluttering up a small cockpit. (That seemed a weakness or at least inconvenience to me when looking at both rigs)
The main things I believe that may need to be changed in the boat are an icebox instead of refrigeration and dropping some unnecessary electronics that all boats still in operation today always have.
There is not a lot easily found on the 30s as most searches end with results about seawind II. Any info, ideas or opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.