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Old 19-12-2011, 18:13   #631
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Old 19-12-2011, 18:23   #632
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The guy who designed your boat was either from German or Dutch offspring. It is not common practise in Holland to have the first sheet end up so high, mostly they work the first chine down under the waterline. Nonetheless, it looks like a rugged and strong vessel.
So what I can see, the sailing capacity is quite acceptable. Needs a strong wind to get her excited. But that' s a good sign.
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Old 20-12-2011, 09:59   #633
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Actually, his name is Phil Friedman and he's from Toronto, like me, although he's been running Port Royal Group Yachts in Florida for decades...they are a luxury motor yacht builder.

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!
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Old 20-12-2011, 11:52   #634
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Anyway, I sailed many kinds. Steel, Wood, FRP, Alu but as long as the design is good, the building material doesn' t play that big a role. World travelers are attracted by steel mostly, and for all reasons.
Neala will not be my last boat, as I thought earlier. She is too small to live in relative comfort. However the money is locked up in real estate and I have no other choice than waiting for better times.
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