That 40 footer is off the table, then? You're sticking with the steel beastie for now? (I recall it's 34-35 feet or something, which is about as compact as you want in steel).
40'er is dead and buried. Too many things kept turning up until the final cost of the thing would have been absurd compared to what we could have bought in the US.
Ironically, having made the decision to look US the OZ dollar promptly collapsed and the two boats we were looking at shot up by many tens of thousands due to the exchange rate variation. Sadly, a largish chunk of our retirment funds are invested in stocks and shares so we are also not quite as well off as we were a few months ago. Thankfully we transferred a goodly lump into cash earlier this year so its not all doom and gloom.
The Wombette and I then decided that we would take a breather from the boat buying market for a year or two or until the Oz dollar recovers.
The current Womboat is 34'. Working on a 2009 buggering off point we have a boat that is sound, a relatively good performer and just, but only just, big enough for us.
The alterations and updates we are going to do are relatively minor and in the main making her easier to sail, single or double handed, and more self sufficient in power system and food storage capacity.
ZZ - Purchase is not really the problem and if I needed more I could simply go to 8:1 instead of 6:1. Only real problem with 8:1 is the amount of line flopping about in the cockpit . I don't have any great problem hauling the main with 6:1. The problem I do have is releasing the damn thing. (edited )
To be honest, it is more a problem of traveller position than anything else. The Womboats traveller runs across the cockpit just forward of the wheel. For the helmsman to release the main sheet you are required to lean over the pedestal and reach down to the block. It's simply not a good way of doing it and I'm looking to figure how best to overcome the problem.
I'll try and take a couple of shots of what is there now and post later today.
edited - cocked up the ratios. Thanks to HArken website, this is effectively what we have now...