I just googled the boat, because i was out sailing tonight on the River Clyde, and someone asked me what it was like to sail from the USA, I told them one bad thing, was a boat that left a few weeks ahead of me, sunk. I believe I saw your boat in Falmouth harbrour Antigua
in about march 2014, I then was in Bermuda
when you your wife crew and dog were brought in. I left Bermuda
the following month, on a Southern Cross 31, and sailed it to Castle Bay Island of Barra, scotland
. I think I had the more suitable weather
, In my opinion, you should only leave that side of the Atlantic, when the birds leave.
I was many years in the merchant navy
, and grew up around boats, but I dont know that much about the construction side of things. I did though once, look at a beneteau
35, which i was very keen on. I explained to the broker in the USA that I would be taking it to the UK, he told me ' that boat does not have the component structure to take on the Atlantic' at that time, i had an RYA yachtsmaster giving me advice, who was going to go on the run with me, and make some money
, he advised me very stroingly that the boat was good for it. I took the advice of the US broker, and didnt buy the boat. Ten years later I crossed solo, on the Southern Cross.
Benetaus have been interfered with by accountants, its all down to costs, they build them with as little materials as possible, as thin a standing rig as possible, they save money
everywhere, but they want to produce as big a boat as they can, for as little as they can, and buyers like the space and luxury, which is ideal for a marina, but I honestly would sooner have my 31 foot Southern Cross at sea, than a forty plus foot Benetau.
Very sorry for your loss. I know in Bermuda they helped you out, but it was nothing as to what you lost.