This group seems to have gone quiet but I will give it a try anyway to see if any of you are still out there.
My wife and I became the proud owners of our Belize 43
(s/n 123) in January of this year. We spent many years saving and two and a half years shopping
. We brought her across the Tasman from Coffs Harbour to our home in Nelson, New Zealand
in February. We will be doing a 'minor' refit
this year before heading to the Islands.
I can only say that I am very impressed with this design. The Belize was the second boat that we got on when we began looking and we just kept coming back to them. The performance on our crossing suprised me. Super stiff and suprisingly quick. On our initial departure from Coffs Harbour our headsail was torn vertically at the second reef mark. While returning to port we touched 13 knots with a fully reefed main and a scrap of headsail. As an aside I would suggest never chasing a low across the Tasman! Our grandchild was due to be born and... well you know.
Just going touch on a couple earlier comments before I ask for help. We have Kiwi props. I am very satisfied. With our 3YM30
we reach 4 - 4.5 knots motoring on a single engine
at 2200 to 2500 rpm
in normal conditions. They really grab when reversing as well. I apologize. I do not know which size props we have.
Reefing... I designed and redesigned the reefing system all the way home. In the end I reached the same decision that I think was the concensous on this site. It takes a few minutes to go forward, I can see what I am doing and I get to shake water
on my wife when I am done. We did find that we reefed every night before sundown. I will sail this design for a while before I revisit the reefing, electric
winches and etc...
knock on this design is the cockpit
is WET. It is no help that the canvas
on our top was used as tent material for Moses! But also the structure itself does not cover the cockpit. So I am redesigning the cockpit cover and I would love some input. There seem to be very few hardtops out there and the drawing that FP sent us was no help at all. Our s/n has two winches on the cabin
top which restricts what I can do with supports on the forward part of the top and also affects height of the top. I would love to have any input (or especially drawings) from anyone who has solved
this problem. I have seen two hardtops in particular that seem to work. Lucky and AussieWayne if you are still part of this group I would love to hear from you. AussieWayne your mission statement for your hardtop was spot on what we are looking for in ours. Have your completed your project
? Would either of you make any changes to your design?