Hey congratulations on the new boat! Very sexy!
If you're not familiar a forum member
Delmarrey has done a beautiful job cruisfying a Choate 40. I think he has a thread or two about his project
if you search for it and I link below to his blog.
Also there was another guy down in Oz not too long ago, if I can find the thread I will post it.
I've attached a couple photos of sisterships to the boat I did my crossing on. Stiff boat that goes to weather nicely in heavy wind
and also does well in light air. Like the Choate 40 it has coamings and a fairly deep cockpit
. I understand you thoughts on no bridge deck
as I am aware of having one every time I go below for the reasons you cite and also agree that a doors are nice.
One other thought about getting boarded is to watch out for your engine
panel, we had problems with the ignition switch and an alarm
shorted out. I'll be installing a large Beckson port over my panel when I repower
this spring to keep the water out.
Good luck with your project
. Nice lookin boat!
The Restoration & Upgrade of a Choate 40