You can call me Alex
Thanks for the great write-up! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on these production boats.
Regarding the Hunter keel being tilted, that is because it is the northern hemisphere version. They also have a southern hemisphere keel, tilted the opposite direction to take best advantage of the Coriolis Effect. (
That's funny....I wonder if anyone has seen that..
I have to agree with you about the Garhauer hardware. It definitely has a sturdy look about it, but at the same time it seems a bit clunky to me.
Wouldn't it be interesting to design our own production boat? Something like this:
Tartan "Beavertail" Lead Keel
Catalina Interior (?)
Hanse (Charleston/Sparcraft) Rig
A dream world where all this could really happen
John, that is exactly why I had my boat built..
1) I chose a hull I wanted, liked and knew would perform, (which then in 2005was only the IRC champion, and still is)
2) I installd a lead keel the way I wanted, (well the design people changed my opinion, later, but I agreed, so I decided)
3) I have a really nice interior, that is I think as good if not better than a catalina's
4) I do have a custom Sparcraft rig
5) I have yanmar propulsion
6) assuming what it is, the tag on my boat was reasonable..not cheap, but faire and just
So you see, the dream boat (for me), already exists...