Originally Posted by strongmonty
My wife and I have been saving dutifully for seven years and are finally ready to throw down and purchase
the much anticipated addition to our family
. Due to the rough weather we anticipate in the upper lats we plan to cruise
(don't worry, warm weather too!!), I'm crossing my fingers that someone out there may be able to answer some questions for us. If you are or were an owner of one, maybe you could let us know which one and help us out.
How does she do upwind? I'm not planning on winning any upwind races but how would she do fighting off a lee shore in a heavy blow?
What sort of comfort ratio can we expect? Based on her lines and displacement
, I would think she would not be at all tender
, but I'd love to hear what you think about her on this subject.
How much wind does it take to achieve headway (all be it slow headway), and how much wind before she hits cruising speed?
How is visibility from the cockpit
? From the pilot house?
Thank you very much in advance. We have been looking for our cruising boat
for awhile now and really hope one of these could be the one.
Nate & Nina
Howdy Nate and Nina.
I have not owned one of those boats, but a couple of years ago I did some preliminary research
into them and took some notes. I will include some below. I hope you find the following helpful.
You asked about speed or wind needed for headway. I recall
a reviewer wrote that they need 10-15 knots of wind to start moving. They are relatively heavy boats and beamy compared to many newer, lighter build, production boats.
I think some CF members should be able to help you with direct opinions based on their ownership
or sailing on them. You will also find some opinions on both boats in CF archives
if you search for them. I suggest you use the Google
Custom Search option to do so for best results.
Good luck on your boat search!
First, I assume since you mention pilot house and Spindrift 43 that you mean the PAN Oceanic 46.
There is another boat made called simply "Oceanic."
There is a Pan Oceanic Users Group (called "POG") with a website that has data, descriptions and drawings and photos of the three models.
Pan Oceanic 38, 43, 46
There are three core models - the Pan Oceanic 38, 43, and 46. The boats have a distinctive pilot house / flush deck appearance. Pan Oceanic yachts feature heavily built fiberglass hulls and rich interior woodwork.
There are three main models - the Pan Oceanic 38, 43, and 46 (the Sea Star 460 by Mao Ta Yacht is identical to the Pan Oceanic 46).
All are Ted Brewer designed double ender cruisers, and have a quite similar profile. The hulls are moderate/heavy displacement.
Regarding the Spindrift 43, you should also search for "Young Sun 43" too, as it was named that too.
There is a good review at Young Sun 43 Review
Specs for Young Sun 43
:* **Ron Amy
Sail Area:**1162 sq. ft.
Fuel Tankage:**300 gallons
Holding Tankage:* 40 gallons