Adventure Yachts was founded by a few Los Angeles lawyers and an airline captain
(Dave Halprin, who married a Taiwanese lady and flew that route). Bruce Bingham did the design, the Taiwan
yard ignored the details and built the boat the way they built their other boats, and regrettably Bruce also placed the rudder
at the wrong station, so steering
has not been as responsive on F35's as it could have been.
You'll find a set of recordings done by Bruce on the Fantasia owners' group wherein he talks about the design and build history
of the boat and also the many mods he made when owning one. (He extended the keel
and relocated the rudder
on his own boat, not for the faint of heart). I would think the recordings would be a 'must' if you are serious about the boat.
The boat appeals because there is so much room inside for its LOA
- and even its own standup workshop - but it pays for this in several significant ways: no sea berths other than an angled aft double, a galley
not especially functional at sea, and a LOT of displacement
and also wetted surface for its sail area. It's a good choice IMO as a liveaboard
candidate and when cruising involves mostly day passages or overnights. Don't underestimate the anchor gear
needed, either - significant windage and displacement
will make a typical anchor
mfgr's recommendation too conservative. And finally, don't ignore the reality of buying
an older Taiwan
boat not built at a quality Taiwan yard. Lots of 'cheap' in the boat (wiring is a good example) and much of the joinerwork put together with rice glue.