We went through this process 2 years ago and came to the same conclusions regarding "type" of boats to choose from. The first one we looked at was the coffin-like HC 40, good enough for 2 safely as long as they were Siamese twins. We went through the list and finally boiled it down to the Endeavour
The E43 is the grandmother to the IP465, designed by Bob Johnson. We find her a very friendly boat with a lot (actually an amazing) amount of space for storage
and living. They're bright and roomy and user friendly.
Pluses: Unlike previous posts that call them slow, the hull
is designed for 8+ knots, however, pushing her 22+ tons through the water
requires some wind
. The design calcs (ie recovery, comfort etc) are by the book and exceed desired requirements.
The layout is roomy. Did I say "roomy"? We've seated 8 at the table for Christmas
dinner. Room enough for all the amenities. Sleeps 4 with no modifications or use of the settee.
Safe; designed a little stiff, she like to stay upright and her weight lets her ride like a Cadillac and everyone remains dry, even in 10+ foot seas. This all translates to comfort.
These boats are designed to go anywhere
Negatives: This is a 30+ year old design and build. It has all the same issues as other boats in this class and age. Get a comprehensive survey
. The Perkins
154 is not
rebuildable anymore, so be ready for an engine
change if the hours are high.
I agree with previous posts regarding the Belson ports
. However, if they're in good enough shape, they can be re-bedded with Sika as most of the port leaks
are cause by improper original installation
Overall, the pluses of this design outweighs the negatives by at least 10-1. The E43, unlike the rest of the Endeavour
line, which are Irwin
clones, is a unique design employing comfort, warmth, ease of sail creating a desirable cruiser/live-a-board.