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Re: The Scenic Route to the Boat Show
How did you feel about the open transom? I cannot see myself feeling comfortable with it offshore, especially in Gale force wind. Otherwise the boat looks beautiful, I wish the last delivery I was on was as much fun... it sucked because the boat was very neglected, ugh.
Short answer: no, but add ten knots and you'd probably change my answer.
The "garage" was more unnerving than the open transom: https://youtu.be/IpSkygQ4dEk?t=26
. But when you look at that video you see the "open transom" is only about 1' lower than the boat's considerable freeboard. As soon as I stepped on I noticed the cockpit is not very deep at all; it's like you're sitting on the boat. The designers weren't optimizing her up for offshore work which made the delivery a little more exciting.
But she was 58' and the breezy part of the trip was broad reaching or deeper in F7 so the ride was as tame as possible for the conditions. We got a handful of "surfs" in where it was waves against current but that was only an hour of a 40 hour trip.