So how do they sail after all?? How many degrees high do they point, and at what wind speed do you start motoring (at what point of sail)?
Do current owners think it would be possible to add a hard dodger, and relocate the mainsheet traveller on top of it? It may sound weird, but I have this obsession with hard dodgers for safety reasons (see offshore gales/storms). How much clearance is there between cockpit sole and boom? I'm thinking about something like this:
How about the sink, not sure why it is not located in the center of the boat but the original location seems to be too close to the hull. Does it flood at high angles of heel?
I don't know how to quantify it, but the nimbus points pretty well. I think the hull design is a pretty good compromise between racer and cruiser, with a deck design slanted toward racing. It's a wet boat with low freeboard.
In my opinion, a lot of the attraction in this boat is the ability to sail it like a much smaller boat; The boom is nice and low, the traveller is right in the cockpit kind of like a j29 and it is operated without a winch.
I think the cockpit coaming forward of the companionway would lend it self very well to a much bigger (wider) soft dodger, as opposed to the little snap-dodger between the companionway handrails. I would want it to have an arch just like the coming so it could be laid down flush with the deck when not in use, and be easily pushed forward to facilitate entry/exit like the original snap-dodger. Any other rigid design will severely
limit access to the companionway. The original little dodger protecting the companionway is held in place with bungee so that you can push it forward as you approach the companionway and then it will snap back into place when you let it go.
I often longed for a sheltered spot offshore in cold conditions, but I wouldn't compromise the design with a big hard shelter.There wouldn't be nearly enough room to move around under the enclosure unless you moved the boom up another couple-feet.
There are plenty of Hunters and pilot-house cruisers around if that's what you're after...
Yes, the sink can accumulate a bit of water at heel. Not enough to be a problem, but I'm not a fan of its location either. My plan was to close off the port access to the aft stateroom and put the sink right there next to the companionway. Water in the sink isn't a factor for me, but in my opinion, giving up galley space for a 2nd access to the aft stateroom is a bad compromise. I'd rather access the aft stateroom via the head, but some folks might not agree with me.