My boat was a Samon C-bird 36. I sold her 3 years ago. I owned her for about 2 years. After one year the honeymoon with the larger boat and all the extra space wore off. At the time I was telling my self all the same things you are saying here about the extra space.
I think uou over estimate how slow slow really is in this case. I'm in Vancouver BC. In typical light wind
conditions (which we get too much of in the summer) where my Columbia
would sail at 4 knots the Samson would barely move. The result was more motoring. I hope the west sail has a top knotch engine
, you'll need it.
Where the Columbia would do 5.5knots the Samsom did 4.5. Yes, the Samson had 6.5knot hull speed
due to her waterline, but I only did that once, surfing... on a beam reach.... with the spinnaker
up... in 15 knots! I don't know the displacement/Waterline ratio for both boats....but the Samsom HEAVY. Compare this WestSail's weight to some other 32 foot full keeled boats. I think you'll be in for a surprise.
Also, she was so heavy that the 30hp engine could barely push her at 5knots. We motored at 4kn to save our ears. That could have been due to a design fault where the propeller
aperture where the keel
meets the rudder
was too small for a propeller
big enough a boat.....but I digress.
One more point I forgot to mention;the one single
advantage ferro-cement has over other build materials is cost. But how does the cost of the hull compare to the total cost of fitting out a boat? People who build with ferro are building on the cheap
. Expect to find many other instances of poor choices being made to save a few bucks.
My Samson had a compression
shaft, and fuel tanks
made of mild steel, and the crappiest pop-metal lifeline stanchion bases known to man. All would have needed to replaced before going off-shore or anywhere up the coast even slightly remote
. The compression
post and the stanchions required destroying the interior
in order to get the access needed to replace them.
After the whole experience I would be much happier with a smaller, lighter, stronger and lower maintenance
boat then a heavy, slow, crumbling ferro-cement cruiser. Don't get sucked in by the huge galley
That said, being as you do get a lot of boat for the money
, they make great live aboards and motor