Last two boats, Phil Rhodes design and a Mason 44 were deep draft
and fine boats. The new boat is a shallow draft centerboard
vessel and we are looking forward to the change in design. Seeing we mostly broad reach the trades the new boat will out perform the old ones and by a lot I think. I've only did sea trials in similar Boreal, flat water
15 knots of wind
she pointed fine to weather
. I'm sure not as well in rougher seas but we will go off the wind
a bit more if needed. There are so many places we were not able to explore in the S. Pacific that we will be able to do so now and that is going to be fun for us. I remember all the great centerboard
boats Phil Rhodes designed in the 50's but the new designs out there today would make Phil envious, point better, faster and more sea kindly. We also have no problem using the engine
while cruising when needed, that's one of the reasons they put them in. Our main goal is to sail as much as possible but hey we love destinations as much as passage
making and feel much safer knowing we are moving forward one way or another.
You will make a choice and hopefully you will sea trial both shallow draft
and deep keel
and when you do hopefully you will get good idea what suits your needs. As you are well aware if you have been around this site much you know by now all cruising sailboats are a compromise in some form or another.