Originally Posted by thompsonisland
My concerns: I'd like some fancier instrumentation, like head's up chart plotting. With that enormous enclosed cockpit
, I would be worried about big seas. I know that one compromises some sailability with a motor
sailor, and I wish I knew how much.
Whilst not claiming the status of expert - from my quick looksee she looks capable of going pretty much anywhere
/ transocean. Subject of course to a Skipper
/ Crew knowing WTF they are doing and the boat being in sound condition.
The instrumentation is a minor point (just add cash! - plus a bit of thought into how built in so as not to destroy the look, or failing that just settle for them being a feature!).....on a 37 foot an open cockpit
not a great concern, more a question of comfort - and for that a decent enclosure (and maybe a fixed screen
or even a hard dodger) would cover most things. Of course there will be circumstances where being inside would be preferable!, but that same with any boat.
I see you use the term "Motor sailer", from what I can see of the rig she does have enough sail area to power her under passage
- even though likely not the fastest of boats, at least not in light airs. The term motor
sailer covers a multiple of boats (and IMO is a bit of an outdated term) - simply having an engine
big enough to power a boat at hull speed
does not mean she is only
a Motor Sailer, which tends to imply that a motor is needed (rather than simply being an option).
My advice is to get some more seatime (baby steps) to build up confidence in the boat's ability (and add to own knowledge). One big plus of the boat is that a bit of weight and that full keel
will make her less flightly at sea. Downside is that won't be winning too many races. A compromise I would be happy to make.