I went to the Boston In-Water Boat Show
today and looked at a few boats. The show was 85% power, but there were some sailboats there. Obviously I did not sail any of these boats.
34 and 37. Disappointing. The 34 has no headroom
, and I would never buy a boat with the microwave oven
at the nav station-- especially when there is plenty of room to put it elsewhere.
37. Beautifully organized interior
. Great double quarterberth aft. Plenty of headroom
. Unfortunately, when I asked the Hunter
salespeople what kind of keel
she had, none of them knew, and the brochures did not show a single
picture of the "boat" part of the boat. I also did not like the location of the traveller up over your head
on some arch-like thingie where you could never get at it if it jammed.
4. Island Packet
460. Now this is a nice boat, and it ought to be for 550K. Cutter
rig, with a perfectly arranged foredeck, self tending staysail on a boom. Traveller on the cabintop, all lines lead aft. Full keel
with a 5' draft
. Beautiful cabin
with plenty of headroom and two heads. There is also an incredible amount of tankage and stowage; the aft lazarette could easily sleep two if you put in a ladder to get down there.
I had some complaints. (1) the aft head
is too big. No need for two separate showers when there is no wet locker. I would use the "shower" portion of the aft head for a washer/dryer and a separate wet locker. All you need back there is a toilet. (2) cockpit
a little too big for safety
, although I did not check the size of the drains. (3) Boarding the boat from the swim platform, there is no way to get around the wheel
without stepping over the cockpit cushions
. The wheel
is simply too big. (4) You have to pay extra for conventional furling
; in-mast furling
But these are minor complaints. Overall this is a very fine physical layout with excellent fit and finish.
5. Alerion 33. Gorgeous boat. Daysailer with a huge cockpit and tiny cabin-- just big enough for a couple over a weekend. Perfect arrangement of the lines in the cockpit: everything labelled. The jib
is self-tending. But is there some reason why these specialized day sailers never have lifelines
? There were no handholds either. You could never feel safe on the deck
of this boat if for some reason you had to go there.