Thanks to all of you. We looked at a Gulfstar
50 ketch, which although roomy and supplied with every known amenity, impressed me little with respect to the construction, particularly when I started looking behind panels
etc. The Oyster
seemed better equipped yet had interior
joinery and cabinet work that made me think of cheap
The most impressive boats by far were the Hans Christian 43 Ketch and the Tanaya 43 cutter
. My heart was bouncing around over the Hans Christian as it it had much of the romance and emotional appeal of an all wood boat, it also seemed well constructed and substantial. Priscilla did not like the interior
layout at all and though that the design made too many sacrifices to aesthetics. On this point I am somewhat forced to agree, however I can easily be won over with aesthetic considerations.
We both loved the Tanaya, it seemed to be chock full of many thoughtful design details and every single
thing on the boat seemed to be rigorously overbuilt. The only thing that I dislike about the boat is the relatively tiny cockpit
that has no protection from the sun. It also seems, due to the way in which the boom is rigged that it would be very difficult to change this (incorporating a bimini
The broker recommended an Island Packet
40 and we are going to look at this today, however my heart is still back with HC ketch.
All of mysailing experience is in the Chesapeake Bay
(no blue water
at all) and all of my experience is also given my Columbia
C36 (fin keel
rig). I would very much appreciate opinions on Ketch and cutter
rigs, also full keels and the mostly full keel
Thanks again for the help.