We are the 3rd owners of the first 41 built, launched in 1982 as "Slow Dancing". We bought her in 2004 as "Windago" from her second owners with a 4 year old rig and engine
. On July 24th 2011 the back stay failed by way of the upper insulator and the mast
folded below the lower spreaders. Seven months later we got a settlement from our insurance
company and went ahead with purchasing
a completely new rig. W/o going into the details it was rigged 8/26/12. The mast builder
provided a "standard Sceptre rig". We had discovered the previous January that the rig we lost
was 1.5' taller than standard, and since hull
1 had 5" less draft
than her later sisters, we saw no reason for a taller rig.
We took our newly rigged boat south for a shake down cruise
for the winter which included a stop in Charleston to deal with issues which had arisen. a week after the day we had agreed to meet the mast maker, we finally had a visit and a day later received some parts
to fix some of the issues. We were unable to have one of the riggers form the spar builder
visit and had to be satisfied with the sales person with whom we had at least 6 months pre purchase
correspondence. Clearly, this person did not have the skill sets (rigger's) that we needed.
We returned to Maine
in June determined to rectify the shortcomings of the rig, some of which are serious safety
issues. I would love to contact other Sceptre owners to compare what we purchased to what other Sceptres have. We love our boat and have put a lot of effort to make her an energy efficient and safe voyaging, liveaboard
vessel. I hope this open letter finds Sceptre owners who can help us get sailing again.