Great to hear from an owner - nice boats.
On a lot of race
boats from that era the engine
is mounted amidships to reduce the pitching moment - worthwhile from a sailing perspective, but the shaft tends to exit just aft of the keel
, a long way from the rudder
, so there's little or no prop walk - less valuable from a cruising perspective. Also, the ancillaries for the engine like the exhaust
tend to be amidships - not everyone's cup of tea.
Big fractional rigs with multiple spreaders tend to have checkstays linked to the runners to keep all of the panels
of the rig in column at all times. These are very bendy rigs, and to my mind are not really for short handed sailing unless you are used to them. Of course, that experience can be gained over time, but they are really tweaky, and not really cruising rigs - the cruising versions had much simpler rigs, that would stay up in any weather
, and didn't need any nursing.
There was a lovely IOR yacht in here (Bayona) yesterday, called 'Passion', and she was RORC yacht of the year in 1986. Still in great shape, and on her way to a new home in the Med, she had just crossed Biscay from Camaret in 3 days in big winds - these are still very capable boats, and to my eyes (at least) nice to look at.