Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: want to buy a boat
I am not familiar with this design but a couple of thoughts/questions come to mind.
- How many people are going on this trip? This boat looks like it might manage for two, but that would be all.
- f/g over plywood would worry me very much on a boat that it more than 35 years old. If you get serious about this boat and get to the survey stage make sure that the surveyor is experienced with this type of construction.
- The suitability of the boat may be related to the route you choose. None of them is a piece of cake for sure. From NZ to Panama it strikes me that you have three choices (haven't checked Cornell though)
1. get east at a fairly high latitude (say south of 35° and then head north along the coast of South America will a strong favourable current). Going this route you are likely to get some quite strong winds, although the direction is good.
2. get east further north and you will have less stormy weather but you will have to go a huge distance to windward in the trades. Here you would need a boat that is good to weather and the willingness to sail on your ear for many weeks.
3. Go the other way to Panama and have trade winds in your favour for the whole trip, although you would likely get some nasty weather getting to and around South Africa. This is a very long way though.
If I had the time, I would choose #3, and this is the route that is likely to be least demanding for the boat and crew - note that I did not say that it is not demanding - just least demanding - #1 and #2 have little appeal for me.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.