Ok, I will ask about one I have never seen before. This I saw in the trailerable thread. TES, of Poland, has a Canadian distributer and seems very cool.
TES Yacht Canada
Seems to be quite the freeboard, would be an interesting ride heeled over (coming from a total newbie on cruising boats) but would seem to be an ideal east coast US boat.
What are your thoughts on the manufacturer and the boat? There was a review on their site but all it talked about were the comforts, not at all about the sailing. Somehow this gives me pause. Anyone seen one of these in person?
I have seen the boat twice - once at Toronto Boat Show 2010 (on display), then second time, just recently on the water at Port Credit boat show. My thought - If I was to compare this boat to similar sized boats in terms of finish and attention to detail - there is no comparison. Magnam seemed to be in its own niche, with its finish on much higher standard than, lets call it, the competition. If I already did not have a boat, I would buy it. From the looks and quality of finish alone, using an automotive comparison, it is a BMW. If you download their flyer from the main page, you will find Magnam's polar speed diagram - going pretty much 6kt in wind speed of 11kt gusting to 17kt. That is good speed, considering its weight. For some reason, the Canadian flyer does not show the righting moments, which are shown in their European catalogue here: http://www.tes-yacht.pl/img/tes-yachts-info-2010.pdf
There is the most righting moment between approximately 40-60degrees heel, at even at 90 degrees heel, there is as much righting force as at 20 degrees, so boat is stiff. When I walked onto this boat, it barely moved, which I cannot say about some other boats I checked out - this is a definite bonus in my eyes. The boat does carry CE 'B' cert (one level short of full ocean going sailboat), hence my though the boat did earn it and is very seaworthy. Besides, there is a number of them sailing already on the Great Lakes and based on the info I got from the Canadian dealer, they are very popular in the Mediterranean. Personally, if you are relatively close to the Port Credit at Great Lakes, I would arrange a test sail and make your own opinion. Too bad the CY magazine did not sail in stronger winds (based on photos) and mentioned nothing of it. I read through some other reviews at CY website, and they do seem not to mention any nautical performance in general for any boats they test sail.