Without any crap, ill give you the lowdown on ours, its a 42 but from the same era, and basicly the same boat, I believe the 405 is the 38 with with rig and keel
First you asked about heaving to... Hard to do without some clever rigging
with a sea anchor
, as the boat wants to run out of its slick.. understand we're talking about a boat that was designed and built for all out ocean racing
in the early 80s... Cruising was second thought..
The plus, due to its thououghbred design, the rigging
, is built to handle anythingva cruiser can put it throu. The rigging is plated at the deck
but is tied to the lower area of the hull
to a support running lengthwise for the major part of the boat.. my likes in above deck
standing rigging is that all standing rigging is square across the deck without forward.or rearward stays slowing for the boom to lay totally flat across the boat.. remember this boat is designed for max tuning of all sails
. The upper area of the mast
is sectioned narrower for easy mast
bending. We were lucky to find an owners version which is cutter
rigged with check stays for adjustment.. again, these adjustments don't have to be done but allow for.sail design adjustments.
A good example is the object of going to weather
, with a couple simple adjustments of bending the mast, and tightening up on the sail, you"ll have the advantage of flattening the sails
and de powering the rig for less heel. The boat is also designed with a high aspect rig , with the object of getting the high air and.not all the turbulance of the air at sea level..
Once she is set, she runs like she was on tracks.. very little side to side movement or rocking back and forth.
The down side, forget down wind
sailing wing on wing except in very calm conditions as with the pinched stern, she wants to fish
tail. A real handfull in rough conditions. But by turning off a few degrees and running with the wind
off your quarter, you'll bring her to life and find her sweet spot.
Weve seen speeds in the high teens with ours and the faster she runs the smother she feels..
, youwill feel the wave action if different from the wind but what we've done when this happens is to attach a line to the anchor
chain. Let the chain out about 20 feet and run the line back to one of the cockpit
winches,, a few.cranks and youcan turn the.nose to the comming seas and all settels down.
Inside she's a palace, with a gally to.cook full meals
in and a settee to streach out in very comfortable
wise, we have a Perkins
4 108 and can motor
at 6to7 knots.
Now a plus for myself, she has a dedicated nav station with a table large enough for.a full size chart.
Hope this helps