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Re: Buying a Bluewater Family Cruiser
Around here the relatively few Wauquiez' certainly hold their value and are very well regarded. They were featured in Ferenc Mate's 'Worlds best sailboats' (a classic and beautiful coffee table book from the 80s).
I would guess that the transom platform is a post-production modification, I don't recall them being built that way so some investigation into that would be warranted...(no narrative on the listing)
It is an IOR based design so will have those habits to some degree, but they are manageable with sail and AWA selection based on conditions.
She might be a bit dark below, plenty of wood and smallish ports, and that is one tall companionway that may be an issue for kids and/or less agile crew. Also exiting the companionway at sea, being so 'up on deck' will make those grab rails pretty crucial. That layout also seems to preclude a more protective dodger than the one shown - anything wide enough to protect the cockpit would also have to be very long and make access to the deck gear outside the companionway possibly awkward.
Just a few observations, based on a quick scan. Probably a pretty nice boat to sail, esp in warmer climes. For us in the PNW not being able to 'get out of the wind and rain' behind a proper dodger would be an issue.
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