Weyalan, as you can see, one pic generates at least a thousand words...<g>
Discussions of IOR designs and their races aside, let's revisit your goals: you want a cruising boat, you are down in Tasmania where you can get a hatfull of wind
, 'cruising' is going to put you in some tropical climes at times, and this boat only offers 30 gals of water
If you'll forgive me being negative for a moment, this boat lacks good ventilation and will have a dark forepeake, lacks a roomy interior
, most likely has little forward buoyancy and appears to lack even one piece of deck hardware
that a cruising guy cares about
: no canvas
, no anchoring
system nor buoyancy to handle a load of chain, no furling
headsail, an ice rink for a deck
, little protection and little apparent 'comfort' for the crew in the cockpit
. And this is before we get to the rig...which can charitably be described as not set up for singlehanding
. And finally, it does not seem that the boat's priced cheaply.
To sum it up, there is very little in common between your aspirations and this boats nature other than your willingness to tackle a big project
and the allure that you might end up with a different kind of cruising boat. In fact, the more you hear about the inconsistency of your plans with this boat, the more it might spur you on, just for the fun of bucking conventional wisdom. However, I hope you won't let that stir the juices too much.
Lar's caution is exactly on target, I think, and is exactly what I saw happening in the slip next to me with the IOR racer
being converted. What I'm left wondering - and which I hope you will consider commenting on - is what's the problem with finding one of those North American (or other) cruising boats that make it Down Under with owners who don't want to buck the trades getting it back home, or are now tired of their cruising affair, and put the boat up for sale
. Perhaps you see few of those near Hobart, as that's not where these boats would be congregating...but they abound in places like Sydney
and over in NZ. These boats will be properly equipped, will have demonstrated some amount of structural suitability to get down there, and the owners will be facing a $15K+/- Dockwise fee to ship the boat home which can come right off the local value the boat has in the marketplace.
Not that it is a perfect match for your budget
(tho' it might have been) and tastes (who knows?), but you can see a good example of what I mean by visiting http://www.ourdotcom.com/AboutRouser/index.htm
Note the mods this young couple did before setting out; note how well equipped she was; note the functional layout. She had no problems handling the sailing down to NZ and a sistership - TIGGER, which was the centerboard
version of this S&S design - did an 8-year Circle without a hitch. In the end, this couple chose to sell the boat (to someone with NZ dollars) so they could return to N America and do the next thing in their lives.
Another example are Ken & Cath's FELICITY - http://www.svfelicity.com/boat/index.htm
Altho' in the end, they shipped her home, an interested buyer down in Oz might have turned their heads. (Note how thoughtfully and well equipped even this 'big' little boat is). Wouldn't investigating these kinds of choices make a bit more sense for you?