Originally Posted by Philsmith
I am thinking downwind on a flat-bottom boat would be ok, but she would slam upwind in any sort of sea.
First a bit on credentials, I don't want to sound negative about any boat type. My very first sailing has been in round and flat bottom traditional Dutch sailing boats. I got my first schouw when I was about 7 years old and then gradually went to larger boats. I was a sailing instructor on traditional Dutch yachts. See my website for more on my sailing www.maartenvanhasselt.com
In all honesty I would never ever consider a scheldeschouw for open water
. Yes the estuary can be quite wild but one is always less than an hour away from a protected sandbank or port.
It has nothing to do with sound construction (of course if nit well constructed even the best designed boat will not survive) but everything with the design of the boat. Many books
have been written on what boats are best suited for what area. Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook is a great guide as are the books
by the Pardey's. Mustin Surveying the fiber lass sailboat and Don Casey Inspecting the aging sailboat are good guides to make sure you don't buy a lemon. Also have a look at the ISAF Offshore
checklist even though you will not participate in races these rules are meant for safety
at sea and give you a way to see how the boats you,Ike stack up in that area. A great book is also Jeremy Hood Safety
preparations for cruising.
For sea kindly behavior you will want smoother lines and higher coamings, you definitely don't want the boxy underwater plan and the exposed cabin
of the scheldeschouw.
Whatever you do is your choice I am happy to set up a phone
call or email
outside this chat site to discuss more but with the experience I have sailing many different boats I would feel very uncomfortable not having asked you to seriously reconsider buying
the boat you mention for any water
sailing">blue water sailing and even coastal sailing.
For the price
you mention there are many wonderful boats for sale
and if you want to have a more classic yacht which I gather from your scheldeschouw interest the choice if even larger.
In your area of sailing I would look for a traditional long keel
yacht preferable cutter
rigged. Again one can sail in many boats and seaworthy
is mostly defined by the crew. Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic on a balsa raft but that doesn't mean that if you are a prudent sailor and you have a choice what you buy you should go for an unsuitable boat for the sailing area.