I'm in my second year of ownership
of a 365 Sloop with a hood
in mast furler
So far, I like the boat a lot. It sails
well on all points, but is not close winded. Just returned from a ten day vacation
and sailed in all kinds of conditions. The boat is great on all points exept a beat. Its not going to point high-maybe a 45 degree tacking angle with considerable leeway. Figure 50 degrees in a head
sea. I definitely take a performance hit with the furling
main, but have come to love and trust its simplicity and ease of reefing and stowing. That said, its a cruiser with a secure cockpit
, high bulwarks and a well behaved hull
form in a seaway. It does not pound. The underwater profile is a long shallow fin with a skeg hung rudder
and a long exposed prop shaft. Its a pot catcher, I got hooked on a lobster pot on my first day out. The boat is not particularly tender
and wants to sail on her bottom not her ear. I reef at twenty knots.
The hull seems very solid with a little minor blistering. Little exterior teak
except on the bulwarks and handrails. The layup
seems pretty heavy and I've seen no signs of flex at all while beating. The interior
is preety well laid out, the galley
is traditional, functionally and the ice box is huge. Insulation
on the ice box is inadequate, so if you are planning on a reefer plan on a redesign of the chest. Fortunately, its really easy to get at.
Mine came with a Perkins
4-107. Its a great and smooth running engine
, plenty of power, but they all leak oil
from the rear seal. I plan on replacing the seal, though I have heard it will still leak; I just want to slow it down.
has a deep sump which is great for nuisance water
All in all, I am very happy with my 365 and the Admiral is in love with the layout and the simplicity of the rig. She never really wanted to learn to sail my little Pearson
Vanguard, but can singlehand the 365 after only a few outings. I have no doubt the 150 gallon water
supply is part of the reason for her approval-coming from my forty gallons on the Vanguard it feels sinful...
Hope this helps and let me know if there is anything else your'e curious about.