I tried to deliver a ct41 from LA to SF in the '70s. Boat sailed like a pig. It would actually surf backwards rather than sail forward. Because of a design f/u lost
soon after leaving MDR. Took 5 days to sail to Santa Barbara. At one point we were doing the backward surfing routine when a racing
fleet came out of either Channel Islands or Ventura, sailed around one of the Channel Islands and back home. We got to wave at them as they went in both directions while we wallowed for another two days before finally reaching SB.
The boat had been built for it's airline captain
owner who'd gone direct to the yard and ordered the boat. It's appearance was outstanding. Hand carved varnished teak
everywhere. Unfortunately, it was all surface fru fru. The boat leaked like a sieve even in the benign weather
conditions we were in. Lost
because they hadn't looped the fuel tank
vent and the vent scooped water into the tanks
at very gentle angles of heel. Fastenings were suspect bronze that looked like they'd taken sand castings and filed them to resemble a screw. Broke more than a few trying to fix the ton of things that were wrong with the boat.
Since then, have seen a number of CT41's sitting derelict with rotting decks and cabins. Swear they were built without absolutely any caulk.
Even if all the structural problems are handled, the poor sailing qualities remain. Believe the sailing abilities carry over to the 51 as well. On a single
to Honolulu from Kona in our Westsail 32, left a 51 over the horizon in my wake in a matter of an hour or so. Conditions should have been ideal with strong trades on the beam. I was doing hull speed
with surfing bursts to 10 knots, they were looking good but making way less forward progress.
If I was going with a Taiwan
boat, would probably buy a Peterson
44. They are of an age of the CT's so have some issues but it's largely age related, not poor construction. Sailing wise, they are reported to be worthy of their designer
. Watch out for the tanks
. If they haven't been replaced, it's an expensive refit