Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
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I did take one on a test drive, 2008:
* Pounded on anything.
* Poor forward visibility.
* The owner had no docking problems. I think they are at least average, since the drive leg is steerable.
* The best livability for the size out there.
And from looking at older ones:
* Maintenance problems. Specifically the drive and the centerboards.
Narrow beam is both a strength and a weakness. They've been sailed far, so I won't through stones.
Since then, sailing my PDQ 32:
* Faster in light air with reacher.
* Same in heavy air, but will pound much more and is more tender.
* More rsik of breakage in heavy air (not mast or hull--accessories).
I bought something else, but I don't think they are a bad design. Every boat is a compromise.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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