Originally Posted by Yves
1) I read that the finnsailer is more like a motor
boat with sail than a true sailboat
2) From french polynesia
I want to go to new zeland and may be go back to fidji after the cyclone season. and I will probably need to go up wind.
4) You raise a good point about single handing. Which want will be better and how the Finnsailer can be modify for single handing?
1) Then you must look at other Finnsailers. If you are indeed after the 34 model then they are fine boats, well built and they sail fine. BUT there are other Finnsailers (29, 35) that are motor-sailors: COMPLETELY different kind of fish
. Do google
some and get an idea of what we are talking about now.
This is THE one I am talking about when I say they perform OK:
2) We have sailed French Polynesia to NZ to New Caledonia
. There was not much upwind work there. It may be different in a different season though. In any case, when you have a choice, chose a boat that goes upwind well as one day you may need this.
3) I cannot say anything good about Jeannea vis-a-vis the Finnsailer. I have sailed some Jeanneaus. They are different built quality. If I were to buy a boat for myself, it would consider the Finnsailer before a Jeanneau. However, without seeing the actual boats in question one cannot say anything about their maintenance
and other factors that can bear strongly on one's decisions.
4) Nearly any boat can be set up for single handling. If you know what you want, if you have time and funds then there are very few limitations. Remember FP is not the cheapest place around and so, unless you are well off, you may be tempted to do plenty of the work yourself, and this requires skills and know-how.
BTW If you want to sail FP to NZ and then out, go for quality and seaworthiness. The patch of water
from the islands to NZ and back can be very rough. Even when sailing from BB Westwards some boats get pasted in a pretty spectacular way.
Bear in mind that converting a boat to single-handing may add extra cost on top of the regular haulout and preparation costs. Going solo you will want a windvane
, an autopilot
, some extra electronics
, and sail/rig layout that will place minimum stress on you. This is all cost. Budget
well before you jump.