orederd for our charter
fleet has been finally delivered a week ago and I just went out to see how does she look like. Here are some points for the ones who interested in this boat..
-finish is acceptable. Actually, I must say she is better than I expected. Very few things to fix.
-General lay out is very good; nice , large cabins, very good ventilation in the cockpit
(much better than Orana
..). On the negative side, head
room is not exceptional, I am 1.85 and my head
is touching the ceiling when I come close to navigation
table, elsewhere is OK.
The galleys are a bit thight. The opening on the hard bimini
which takes you to the helm
station is extremely norrow. (we are planning to cut this out to a larger opening) The starboard corner of the hard bimini
is very low and again hitting your head there till you get used to it, is inevitable. (no solution yet for this..)
throttles are a bit too low and difficult to operate when you stand up for docking/undocking.. (at least for my size)
-Sailing: very nice surprise there.. Sails
like a dream..Top square head and Generously sized, top square head sail (despite relatively smaller head sail) work perfect. The boat was very light the day of the test (no water
, little fuel
, 2 people on board, etc) and we did easily 8+ knts at 13-14 knots of true from 70-100 degree apparent. Down wind
it was equally exciting 35 app. 8-9 knots of true, 4-4,5 knots on the GPS
.. These are unthinkable numbers for Orana
..even better than Athena's which are considered faster..
The top batten is not an issue and esily folded in the lazy jack. The only problem is that when hoisting the main, some more care is needed to not to trip the battens to the lazy jack' lines.
-The engines were upgraded to 2X30 hp Volvo
instead of factory proposed 2X20. No issues there, even with one engine
@ 2.300 rpm
7 kn is achieved.
Overall, she still has got to be tested in rough waters but we can easily say that it's a very lively boat even in light winds, handles perfectly both at engine and under sail, the rudder
feed back is excellent. For this price
range , I believe it is a good proposition to be considered.