I haven't raced my boat so I 'm not really sure how it would perform racing
. I only have the standard basic gear
. My call is it might be a little sticky in the light. We have been cruising with my buddy who has a Hanse 40 and haven't been disgraced yet. Compared to the Farr 1020 we had before, this is a much more forgiving boat.. never wanting to round up when pressed. Mind you, the rudder
is almost as deep as the keel
To keep weight down, I changed the capstan gypsy
to 8mm and have 40m of chain and 50m of 14mm braid. The anchor
is a 35LB Manson Supreme which sits well on the roller.
I moved the traveller cam cleats
to the back of the cabintop to give easier adjustment of the traveller through the dodger
If fitting a dodger
, make sure they drill blind holes for any screws, because the top is solid class. The guys who did mine didn't even go inside and thought it was a sandwich top. I was not happy when I went inside and found screws poking through.
The bottom of the boat wasn't sanded before the primer went on. An etch primer was used. I'm happy with this and it saved me $500.
I fitted a Kiwi feathering prop which seems to work well although it will rotate while sailing. Putting the boat in gear
when sailing forces the blades out in reverse mode so that's not a good idea. Kiwi Props told me to bring the boat to a stop completely before sailing off, then they will feather ok without rotating.
When I ordered the boat the standard alternator
was 80amp, but they changed the spec and now it's 60amp. They delivered the boat with a 60amp which is not nearly big enough. We are in discussions about this and I expect a positive outcome. Where we cruise
in fairly deep water
and change anchorages
two or three times a day. With the fridge running and a few other things, I worked out we'd have to run the motor
over 4 hours a day to keep up.
Generally the commissioning went well and the only issues we had was Euro 220volt sockets fitted and the furler
corner block missing. If you're getting an autopilot
fitted make sure they commission it and get the compass
is set up with a lot more bend at rest than I'm used to, but the main seems to set well. Might be the nature of the rig.
has plenty of grunt and is quiet, so overall we are very happy campers..