I am looking at this boat next week. I am in the market for a yacht that can sail comfortably in SF Bay
with a 6 month cruise
to the Sea of Cortez
in two and a half years with the option open to cross the Pacific, and can be singlehanded. I will be cruising with my wife and children
who will be almost five and 2 at the time we leave. I am trying to keep the cost of the yacht including upgrades to under 100K (75K would be even better). I have been looking for over two years and have run through all kinds of designs. In terms of what I can afford it looks like older CCA designs (yes I have read the threads about long overhangs and [is it JeffH?] opinions on the matter) as they are what I can afford, if I am to go soon and stay away for some time, I am going to have to accept specific compromises (less interior
space, slower, initial heel...).
J. Voigors book is critical of long overhangs for a seaworthy
boat as he fears in quartering sees the stern section is succeptable to wave action possibly turning the boat. This boat has very long overhangs (about a third of the boat) and I certainly don't want to put my family's safety
in jeoperdy. R. Marshall comes up with an overhang formula and reccomends no more than 20% overhang length. Another yacht I am considering (unfortunately none available locally) is the Alberg
37 with nearly 29% overhangs and many people cruising her seemingly safely. I have contacted S&S to get more information on the design and an owner on this forum as well. My thoughts on the matter are appreciating that concern, but with the boat healed I don't see that much risk for the stern to act as a lever as she will then have her water
line extended and less stern left exposed. Also she has 25,000 lbs of displacement
with nice keel
so she isn't exactly a lightweight and one to be pushed around easily.
I was curious as to what folks thought about this issue. I am less interested in the debates about these boats in general, as personally there are lots of people cruising these designs successfully who love their boats, I am more concerned with amount of overhang on this particular model. On this boat LOA
45.08 LWL 30.42. I have plotted her numbers on various graphs and she seems as if she will be a dry boat, with OK speed, good pointing ability and a smooth ride, if not a bit narrow and heavy by todays standards.
Thanks in advance