She points very well. The knotmeter
is broken on my boat but she always keeps up with similiar size boats. She's great in strong winds, very forgiving if you've too much sail up but she's heavy so you need to go with a spinnaker
once you're below 4 knots. She's very dry.
She's built in Vancouver and is perfect for the conditions here. We get strong winds, heavy chop but not big swells. I use the pilothouse quite a bit when the weather
isn't great or if I need to do something below. The water
here is cold and if you sail year round you'll find yourself in the rain so a pilothouse is very nice. I have talked to people who have sailed them in southern waters. They've said they don't have problems with over heating
and they do well in ocean conditions. Visibility is good as long as you don't have your dinghy
on the foredeck.
Again, here the pilothouse windows aren't an issue. People I've talked to have suggested they wouldn't be a problem in ocean conditions. I do know of a couple of them that were sailing in Mexico
and they had to get there from here at some time
She has a lot of freeboard, I've never buried the toerail, though I may not have been tryikng hard enough
Mine is misery in reverse. A lot of prop walk and it took some getting used to. I didn't find the width to be much of a problem when I was at a slip but I prefer a mooring
ball. If you have a crosswind coming in though there is a fair amount of windage and I have had her take off when backing. It never proved a problem if I came in forward. I have a hood furling
mains'l so have a bit more windage then another might have. It's a heavy boat so she has a lot of momentum but she keeps her steerage well. A bow thruster would have been welcome at times.
I haven't taken her bluewater sailing so can't give you first hand answers for some of your questions. She'll sustain good speeds in my experience but there's no direction I can go for 24 hours without running into land! It's about 20 nm across the Georgia
Straight here and in 15 knots on a reach she'll do it in less then 4 hours. In 20-25 knot
winds I'm sure I've made 7 knots when reaching. I've sailed most of a day with a decent tail wind
and while it was a very pleasant sail thought that my speed might have been less then hoped for. In the chop we get here it has to get pretty bad before being close hauled becomes unpleasant. She cuts the waves well.
Everyone loves there own boat I suppose. I lived on her for close to a year and was very comfortable. Now that I'm back on land I think something smaller would suit better but when I'm out with others the space is nice or even alone when I'm on for extended periods. The cockpit is small as a result of the pilothouse but the foredeck is big and I put a couple of deck
chairs out at anchor
and it's lovely. Sitting in the salon
you can't believe you are sitting in a sailboat. It feels palatial. Storage
could be better. Some of the other layouts may address that but they don't seem to.
If you have to replace the desiel or water tanks
you may be in for some misery though I know that weren't all the same. They are built in areas not meant for access though.
There used to be an owners association but it seems to have disappeared for the time being.