Here are a couple of reviews
of the 41k
Center Cockpit Ketch
, Two cabin
Two Heads, Separate Nav station, Accessable engine
stepped through to Keel
is heavy extrusion, Perkins
4-108 & BW 2.01-1 Trans. is a great combination.
Weakest points are the fact that the Mezzen Mast
doesn't have a back stay and "works" in the right seaway. Main Mast interferes slightly with access to the dinett. Limited tankage, 45 gls. fuel
& 45 gls. water
also the settee becomes very narrow at the forward end.
Overall satisfaction is high because of her sailing qualities and ease of care. With very little bright work and the use of formica for the cabin bulkheads she is very easy to keep and overall quite comfortable on long trips.
Summary of Design:
Cruising fin; skeg rudder
; Center Cockpit
, 3 cabin layout;
Relatively narrow; works upwind in a chop much better than most. Solid glass layup hull
, balsa cored deck
. Easily balanced. Many people find a Center Cockpit to minimze motion sickness. Profile lower than many Center cockipts, less windage. Cabin Layout excellent for cruising in rough seas.
Narrow shape results in less space below than many 41 footers. Have had a moderate problem with blisters
, so completely redid bottom with West System Barrier coat in 1993; no blisters
I bought this boat in 1983. Have sailed it extensively of the Oregon
Coast, and one 9,000 mile, 9 month sojourn to Mexico
. On the "dreaded" return up the Baja
coast, I sailed all but a very short distance. Took 16 days from Mazatlan to Brookings, Oregon
. It sails
upwind and into the sea well. After the Mexico
trip, I cannot think of any boat I would trade
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