Originally Posted by Indigo Sky
When you say " The limitations of the design " what do you refer to ?
Just the windward performance. I know there was a guy about 20 years ago who built one in fiberglass
in Ballina called "Seafire's Gem". He added a timber 'rail' to the long, shallow keel
that gave it an additional foot because he was concerned about the windward performance. Unfortunately it was before the internet
really got established and I never did get to find out how she sailed.
Having said that, every boat is a package of compromises and the Spray package gives wonderful liveaboard
space, second to none. And that is what you have 24/7. I just felt you should be aware that your trade
off is the probable need to motor
assist when going to windward. This is not a problem at all, many boats do it anyway, often if they have a family
or partner who hates going to windward just for the more comfortable ride.
I think of far more importance in an older steel
boat of any design is how it's been built and maintained. Get a good survey
and ask for any evidence of electrolysis
Please don't take my comments as trying to put you off a Spray, they are good boats, Slocum proved that! Just take any comments as part of having a clearer picture of the boat you'll be calling home.
Let us know how you go.
PS. Starting another thread with "Any Spray Owners Out There?" may put you in touch with a few Spray owners and their input will probably be very valuable.