I have a Fantasia 35. Excellent boat. Lived aboard full time through Toronto winter. Comments about her not being fast are truish. She's not as fast as a C&C
of similar water
line length, but it doesn't take all that much wind
to move her at hull speed
, at which point almost all monhulls move at the same speed.
However, I can leave out a lot more canvas
in strong winds, and still be sailing comfortably and dry when lighter boats are adopting tactics to compensate for weather
concerns. So, slow in light winds yes. And she points poorly too.
I stay out of the rudder
debates because a Fantasia 35 hardly needs either, she just goes straight. I can be sailing along and feel the need for some peanuts, go down below, rummage through my spacious pantry, find my peanuts, come back on deck
and still not bother with the wheel.
As for the motor
I have a Perkins
4-108, which will push her to hull speed
Negatives about the boat?
(only negatives when your not in bad weather)
, don't fall down it or you might want a high angle rescue
-turns slowly (plan your dockings)
-no separate shower
-very spacious for a 35
-built like a brick portapotty (24000 lbs)
interiors and brass every where
-very sea kindly
-very sea worthy
-a work shop! standard with a bench vice! this is in addition to the two staterooms. Did I mention spacious?
-high quality base materials, brass sea cocks, 3/4" glass at the turn of the bilge
-lots of windows, but they are small enough they aren't going to let the ocean inside your boat
Would I recommend this boat to a friend? No I want them all for myself!