Originally Posted by Gracies
just over 5 LWL
based on the lines of a colin archer
the hull is extremely seaworthy
and being a double Ender she is fantastic in following seas!
I think I know Havsfidras pretty well. Not sailed one, but my own boat is a slightly bigger double-ender of alike pedigree. We have a Havsfidra as a neighbour too.
The 5 meter LWL is actually 5.5 meter - which gives you some 10% of waterline more (and you owe me a beer
They are not truly based on Colin Archer boats but they are related by their origin.
Talking of seaworthiness at this size is sort of an overstatement - all small boats are (more) unsafe in open water
sailing (than equivalent design, bigger boats) (or at least - if built like a sort of unsinkable yoyo - they will be inherently uncomfortable - making the crew very tired very soon).
And last, as far as double-enders being fantastic in the following seas goes - I would simply ask you how much experience in such boats/conditions do you have? I have some, and from my comparison between double-enders and flat asses, the double-ender is the worst boat to go downwind - they are notoriously rolly.
All the above said, much as it may sound to anybody as a criticism, I would not hesitate to sail a well restored and prepared Havsfidra to any of the easy coconut milk run RTW destinations. Remember - yours certainly sailed to your place all the way from Sweden
Probably the poorest point of the boat you have is "poor" pointing. They simply refuse to beat well. But they sail upwind OK - just you have to forget your experiences from a J-boat, if you have any.
To my way of sailing small boats, I would put stress on making the sail plan fully controllable from the cockpit
- leading all reefing lines to the cockpit and putting the jib
on a roller. Another jib
, preferably a kite on a furler
will make sailing the broad angles a much more rewarding experience.
You will find a very good Havsfidra home website out there on the net and I am sure it will give you plenty of great ideas on what and how you can modify in your little brave ship.
Good luck and fair winds.