i own a formosa 41 built in 1976 in the formosa boat builders yard, where ct 41s originated. this yard also built 51s..
i found these boats to be great heavy displacement
cruisers, doing exactly what they were designed to do --cruise you in comfort yet also be able to sail in heavy winds. awesome performance in 60 kts chubasco got me 8.4 kts per hour boat speed in darkness and a surprise chubasco off cabo san lucas under onlyreefed mizzen and reefed jib
. they suck in winds under 10 kts, but they are supposed to so do.
as each and every formosa built is different, there are no 2 alike exactly. one cannot base all on the seeing or sailing of only one. i have seen formosas sailing well to weather
in sd bay when i was readying this one for travel. (he had racing
sails and a shiney blue hull)
i sailed gulf of mexico
in a seidelmann sloop---i wished the time i was there that i had my ketch
under my butt--especially much so when i watched a formosa 51 or force 50, a boat that is spozedly unable to point or sail efficiently, under jib
n mizzen only, pulling away and running....LOL..
yes they are bricks.
yes they had problems with deck leaks
. we named our group in yahoo the leaky teaky yacht club...LOL we can take it...
good boats and when you need to repair engine
, isnot a upside down mess--is easily accessed and open from belts to shaft.
the packing gland
is not hidden in some unknown and unreachable location only available to rhesus monkeys on a severe diet..is right there.
as cruising is the art of repairing while underway and in exotic locales, these boats were designed perfectly. yes i said PERFECTly.
yes i have owned many boats and sailed many boats since age 7--this is my first owned by me ketch
, and i have sailed cutters, sloops, dinghies and antiques. i appreciate that which my cruising boat can do, and i love her--is my last ever boat --after this i use wings or a devil suit, whichever.....
the only mahogany in my boat was the philipine mahogany used for filler...the interior is teak...awesome comfort and no gawdawful vee berth--is pullman, and comfy in nasty seas.
anyone who has not sailed one of these on a long passage
or has only sailed these one time, has no knowledge of their abilities...