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Re: Ron Amy Spindrift 43
My wife and I have been searching for a boat (in earnest) since October, and as yet, no luck. We hatched this plan back in 2010, and been saving every penny we could. We are itching to finally set sail. We are now heavily considering the Spindrift 43 and we saw that you said she handles beautifully on one of the forums. This is the big unknown to us before we are able to get on one and sail her ourselves. Even then, we worry that a sea trial of just one day is not enough to really know how a boat sails in all conditions. We are hoping that you might be able to answer some questions about how she handles so that we can figure out if she is right for us.
Looking at her underbelly, and specs, she seems like she would be quite stout; are we correct to assume that she is not the least bit tender? Is she comfortable at sea in varying conditions?
We like the way the headsails are both tacked so far forward; correct to assume that she can head to weather OK? We understand, of course, that with the keel, she's not going to win any upwind races, but how would she do against a lee shore with heavy weather? Also, does she track well on all tacks or does she tend to want to round up?
What wind speeds did you need to get her making headway? How much for cruising speed?
We hope our questions make you think back to your long ago boat, remember good times, and smile.
Nate & Nina