I purchased Feeling Good new in 1976. She is what I like to call a Mark 1.5 model. Officially there are the Mark I and Mark II models. Basically the Mark I is a classic full keel
with attached rudder
design. The Mark II has a full keel
with a skeg mounted rudder
and the mast
moved slightly forward. I believe that both of these models have Yanmar
engines. Feeling Good is somewhat unique in that it has the Mark I attached rudder with the mast
setup of the Mark II with a Volvo engine
I think that there is a catch 22 with the Fantasia. People fall in love with the boat based upon her near perfect layout. Then they sail them for awhile and find little things that are not quite right. The problem is more with the owners tending to be perfectionists and trying to make the boat perfect then any real problems with the boat.
As an example -- I sailed Feeling Good for a number of years around San Francisco
bay without noting any weather helm
issues. Then at a raft-up the other owners started "complaining" about weather helm
issues. It turned out that because of the high winds on the bay, the tall rig, and high free board the other owners tended to over power their boats and drive the bow down. This of course will produce weather helm. So, when I was using the working jib
and reefed main, they would be using a genoa
and full main.
Also, the light air performance of the Fantasia has been questioned. Again, I have not noticed all that much of a problem. While cruising in light wind
conditions in Mexico
I would often bend on the 150 genoa
and be able to keep up with the rest of the fleet on any point of sail.
Oh yes, there was also an apparent issue with directional tracking. For me it turned out to be an effect of the Autohelm wind
vain that I had ordered with the boat. The silly thing never worked well and its rudder had to be tied down hard for the boat to track true. Once, I figured this out my tracking problems just disappeared.
I am currently in the process of a major refit
. Hopefully, barring any major problems, I will be able to get back to cruising early next year.