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Re: Review Your Own Boat
Outbounds have evolved since their inception. Each one is different. When some one comes up with a real improvement it’s incorporated into the stock base boat. So a review is only applicable to a given boat beyond the hull, appendages and deck. Will try to focus mainly on that.
Thinks I like.
It’s manners is a seaway. Carl got it right. She has a lovely ride even in the snot. Helm remains light, no pounding of note close hauled, and surfs under control. Cockpit is fairly dry even with boarding seas.
She’s forgiving of mild to moderate mistakes in trim with little fall in vmg and even being over canvassed.
The details are thought out to make a strong durable passagemaker. Bob Perry has pointed out on this site in the past that a properly designed balanced spade rudder is as strong if not stronger then skeg hung. The outbound rudder post is massive. Internal support is higher then the waterline and there are multiple bearings. All to often the rudder is holding the skeg on not the other way around as the narrow junction of the skeg to the canoe body is hard to engineer correctly. The Outbound gives you a sense of security. Also like the massive ss rod steering linkage. Bulletproof and once set up no maintenance as there’s no cables, blocks, bike chain etc.
Although some don’t like internal ballast I don’t like failure of the bolts or supports or canoe body resulting in keels falling off. The massive structure of the internally ballasted ( with pb not fe) bulbed fin keel is in my judgment the best compromise for a long distance cruiser. Hear of sister ships having hard and soft groundings without structural damages.
There are multiple ingenious solutions to common problems. All wiring is labeled. Seachest to eliminate unnecessary thru hulls. All lifting segments of sole secured. All components first rate.
We opted for a two head version, slab reefing brought back, Dutchman, an extra removable dyneema stay for the storm jib, reenforancements for the jsd, spectr watermaker, northern ligh genset, AC, Webasto. Think those things and the lay out makes for the ideal mom and pop liveaboard. I’ve been on bigger and smaller boats and of all of them this one has been the easiest to live on.
There’s only three steps down the companionway. Seems like a small thing but when’s it rocky like that and having bulkheads on both sides of me.
I opted for standard 6 1/2’ draft. Shoal is 5 1/2’. Think there’s places where centerboarders or cats can get into and I can’t. But don’t think that foot makes that much of a difference as to the number of places I’m restricted from. Do think an additional foot or two matters much more. So happy with the draft.
Given nature of the design boat has an amazing carrying capacity without effecting performance to a noticeable degree.
Previously have had several full keel boats. This boat tracks better and I can back up under control.