For the benefit of anyone looking at buying
one of these boats I will post this here. Well I can say after a season of ownership
and sailing I can say that I'm very pleased with the sailing characteristics of this boat. With the hard chines in the mid section of the hull they have a lot of reserve buoyancy. This translates into sailing on a more even keel
than normal. The more it heels the more buoyancy it has the stiffer it becomes. I've sailed in a variety of conditions from light air where it ghosts along quite nicely.
I've also "raced" it in 25-30knts with the full main and genoa
out on a broad reach in 6-8ft waves while crossing Lake Michigan. We were making average speeds of 8.5knts and with a heeling angle of under 20 degrees. It turned out to be a fairly comfortable ride. The motion when it was taking the waves on the beam was that it would roll some but then tend to correct itself quickly.
I found that beating into weather
the boat did not pound into the waves like I was thinking it might. It has enough of a rounded front section to keep that from happening. I found with my old worn out sails
I could make about 42 degrees into the apparent wind
which was better than I was used to sailing older designs.
is very well balanced by the partial skeg rudder
. During the aforementioned race
in the 25-30knts I was steering
with two fingers on the wheel
. It has a very light and responsive helm
Again if you're looking at one of the few of these boats to buy rest assured in their more than capable sailing qualities.