Hi Frenchy, I have duncanson 37 currently in Langkawi from Darwin. My sailing experience is limited having only started out down Townsville way. It is a ketch
and said to be one of the first. Sailing wise the boat is better than me in rough conditions and doesn't mind 7 knots if the wind is up a bit and sails
fairly upright. Anchored with a bit of swell, it tends to be more rolly than the narrower hulls. Hand steering
down wind is a bit of an art but our auto pilot seems to cope most of the time.
The problems are mainly the interior
. We are renewing the 30 year old fitout which was delaminating because of deck leaks
and high humidity in the tropics. The material in the bulk heads all seems to be sound but the veneers are past their use by dates.
Most the toe rail bolts need to be sealed in addition to the other through deck
fittings. A small bulkhead on the starboard side was mush because an unsealed toe rail bolt without a nut was pushed into it .
An expensive fault is the propeller
shaft. The engine
has to be lifted a bit to get the shaft out for renewing the cutlass bearings. The skeg is in the way.
Many of today's cruisers would find the aft cabin
small but we find it the best place on the boat to sleep.
Basically I have found the whole experience of working out the boat totally rewarding.