Actually, his name is Phil Friedman and he's from Toronto, like me, although he's been running Port Royal Group Yachts
for decades...they are a luxury motor
The story goes that he drew the boat in 1982 and it was built here on Lake Ontario
by a German boatbuilder
in 1988. It has never been in salt water
, and I have been the third owner since 2006. It's good to know that my impression of it as a "North Sea design" matches your thoughts. I have said that after our planned five- or six-year voyage, I would empty the boat down to the basics and sail her to Holland
to sell her to a European that recognized a familiar steel
yacht type. Because she does, I have often thought, have a Dutch look to her, but I had a small experience of what that might actually be!
She's not as slow as one might think. I can get 4.4 knots in a 9 knot wind
. In 25 knots, I can break 7 knots under staysail alone.
Loaded, however, it might very well be a different story!