Lyle Hess had the reputation for designing really fast, heavy displacement
, traditional boats whose appearance was based on Bristol Pilot Cutters from the century before last. Lynn and Larry Pardey's Seraffyn and Taleisin were designed by Hess and have proven excellent sailors. The guy who got the idea for the 28' Bristol Channel Cutter
or BCC was a variation of the Pardey's Teleisin. They have a reputation for swift passage
making that is much better than their waterline would indicate. In short, if you are into this type of boat, and I am, you probably couldn't find a nicer one for the money
. I'm saying that without actually seeing the boat, though.
Wood decks will check and sometimes spilt especially if they aren't teak
. It sounds like these decks are glued to epoxy
or some such construction. If so, the wood is merely a surface coating, not a structural member
of the boat. Since they are glued, it should just be a matter of chiseling the wood up, sanding
the underlying epoxy deck
smooth and repainting. When you say the wood deck is rising, assume you mean the decks are coming unglued. Hopefully that is all it is and not a problem with the underdeck laminate. In any case, at the asking price
, I wouldn't buy the boat till any problems with the deck have been taken care of by the owner. Not a good idea to buy it at a discount for the deck unless you are a good glass/woodworker and KNOW FOR CERTAIN what the problems are. Let the owner take care of any surprizes.
Wood decks that are screwed into a wood cored under deck are something to run away from. Each of those screws is a leak source that can cause the wood in the deck sandwich to rot
. A major problem to repair.
A ketch is a doubtful benefit on a boat under 40' or so. Lots of complication with additional mast
, and not very good to weather
. More of an affectation than a practical rig for a smallish boat. On larger boats, splitting the sails into smaller sizes has advantages and sailing efficiency disadvantages are somewhat mitigated by longer water
line. A cutter
rig with roller furling
headsail, Solent rigged Asym, reefable staysail and slab reefed main are really easy to handle short or single