I was involved in a discussion a while back on this site with regard to the sailing abilities etc of Bruce Roberts
I had purchased a Gaff Cutter
in Greenwich and intended to bring her to Greece
where I live.
Well..I did just that. I had her trucked to Marseille..to Port Napoleon. This was by far the most professional and well run yard that I have ever seen.
Then to Corsica
..had a damper plate failure..fixed it..then to Sicily
...on to Methoni.
The boat was absolutely superb. She handled bad weather
..which we encountered most of the time..very well and I stayed dry without a dodger
. She seemed to shoulder the waves out of the way!. We averaged 5 knots on 1200 miles and at one point were surfing in the high 8's. She also pointed reasonably well for a shoal draft
boat. The sails
needed to be trimmed just right and when I found the best set up she sailed herself. You need to be alert for weather
changes as the gaff rig can be a handfull when short handed.
So..anyone thinking these boats are slow slouches...well they are most definately not. Of course it depends on the set up and all but I am so pleased with mine. She looks good... Has loads of space...very comfortable..and I got her for an amazing price
Now comes the fun part..I am setting up a charter
business here in Methoni. Talk about sailing into a storm. Greek beaurocracy is just appalling...Any tips on this one welcome...I am getting there but very slowly.