Can't help with the Seawind, but the PJ looks like it could be just what you are looking for.
Ann and I cruised for 17 years in an older PJ raceboat (Standfast 36) which shared many features of this one. PJ, of course, is a renowned builder
, and if the boat hasn't suffered from poor upkeep, she will be strong as hell. The interior
would shock the average new Benehuntavaralina buyer, but should do quite well for 4 hardy youngsters, and will be very useable at sea. Sailing qualities should be just fine... Doug P. hasn't had very many dogs
to his credit!
Drawbacks that I see are very small tankage, especially fuel
. I know that you've stated that you want to do little motoring, but 20 gallons just ain't enough for offshore
use IMO, and 60 gallons of water
isn't much for 4 crew and the prospect of long passages.
The new engine
is a bonus, too. Its location is similar to that on our boat, and the access is way better than average.
So, if the boat appeals to you, the first thing is getting a surveyor
who really knows alloy construction. I'm generally happy with that material, but if electrical
errors have occurred in her past, there can be serious hull
damage from stray current electrolysis
, so take care.
Do let us know how it come out.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Sunday Ck, Hinchinbrook channel, Qld, Oz