We purchased our 473 three years ago and lived on it for 1 1/2 years before purchasing
a house. We miss it so much we are in the process of selling our home and moving back on the boat. Our plans are to spend the next 3-4 years out fitting for cruising and then heading south from Marina Del Rey in California
Even though this boat does not have the features of a traditional blue water cruiser (skeg mounted rudder
, fuller keel
, and heavy displacement), in rougher weather
we always feel safe and the boat has a nice motion to it (despite a lower motion comfort calculation that would indicate otherwise). Of course my previous boat was an Islander 36 which is also an outstanding boat (funny how sailors love every boat they've owned) so this is quite a step up.
Some things I have thought about
: considering this boat turns on a dime, will the auto pilot be able to keep up with heavy following seas? Is the rudder
sturdy enough- I will be sure to have an emergency
rudder that I can deploy if needed. In mast
furling- gets a lot of negitive press, however we have never had issues furling
it. If anything, if not maintained properly, the outhaul
can snag and make it hard to unfurl. The mast
also has a built in track for a tri sail. The anchor locker
has an open front that is basically a big green water scoop that will need to plugged before heading offshore
Overall- love this boat and look forward to exploring in it.