Originally Posted by Shooze
We are maybe 2 years before we're ready to embark upon our adventures but that hasn't stopped me looking at lots and lots of boat porn. I keep coming back to this boat and wondered if you generous people would give me the benefit of your experience.
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1. GRP over cedar - West System. Is it as good as it's cracked up to be - any views ?
tankage at 380 litres seems a little on the light side for a long distance cruising boat ?
3. 2.7m draught a bit impractical for the Caribbean
? (as that would be a long term cruising
goal for us)
4. 2x130W solar panels
and the Air Breeze doesn't seem a lot to maintain the battery
bank to run the autopilot
Overall though, I feel that I'm just nit picking and this represents a fine long distance cruising vessel and, assuming the pictures are recent, a good deal to boot. What practical day to day aspects am I missing ?
I've shown lots of boat listings to my partner over the last 4 months with varying levels of interest and we were having a lovely restaurant dinner last Friday when out of the blue she said "That boat you like, why don't we buy it ?"
Very nice boat from a pro builder
with a great reputation.
The 2.7M draft
would break it for me(but I'm mostly from the dark side of multies).
No need for concern on the construction medium so long as the boat is well maintained & surveys well by a thorough and competent experienced surveyor
, some special attention to keel
& bolts plus rudder/steering, timber substrates around chainplates & any deck
gear/stanchions etc. might be prudent, nice to see the timber decking only to cockpit
& foredeck areas only although it "may" have been removed from elsewhere?
Essentially looks like a million plus vessel at new, now at a fraction of that second hand.... plenty to potentially cost some to fix with secondhand but that's part of the discount. Although a beautiful & well equipped vessel it's not really screaming knockabout cruising with sail handling & winch
sizing telling the tail about loads, the draft
will be a killer holding back enjoyment of some great spots, I might be prejudiced there as my home port is tricky for the 6' draft of my Carter 33.