We have owned Hurrah, a Stevens 47 for almost three years and have lived aboard for just under two and love the boat. The design has taken great care of us.
Sure the cockpit is small by modern standards and the seat backs really are uncomfortable after a while, but then you can always set up temporary back rests. The setees in the salon
have steep backs and aren't the most ergonomic. We have the older head
designs that do not really separate the shower
as much as we wished. The biggest drawback is the ladder-like companionway
. These are all obvious attributes that you can see how they fit into your preferences. There aren't any hidden problems or flaws that we have heard about or observed.
That said, the boat sails
well and has a great motion in rough weather
(including the much talked-about Fall 2013 passage
to the VIs). There is plenty of room to store gear
, spares, and provisions and still fit two kids
on board. With a few upgrades here and there, you can have the benefits of a more modern cruising boat in a proven design with an outstanding build quality. We did a lot of shopping
and, for our needs and preferences, we didn't see a better value. Happy to discuss more. Contact information is here: