An older Bill Dixon design made by a high quality builder
in the UK. A bit old fashioned (naturally; the boat is 30 years old) but these are solid, well-made, seaworthy
, and comfortable boats, if a little cavelike below as boats of those era tend to be.
Stern extensions on plain transom boats are pretty common and should not be of any concern if well executed. Nearly all the Oyster
53's of the '80's, for example, were converted to 55's by adding a stern extension.
Centerboard boats are a compromise which make it possible to have a decent deep keel
while being able to pull the board up for shallow water
. If you are sailing in very shallow water
(Bahamas, some parts
, ICW) then this could be a plus; otherwise it is a negative since you have a whole mechanism to deal with and can give trouble, and a centerboard can't be made to be as good as a fixed fin keel
, especially a bulb keel.