As usual Dock head
another excellent written post. After cruising ours for over 3 years I find the quality of the stainless steel
used as better than anything I can buy in the aftermarket as it refuses to rust. The long side windows have a habit to leak after years of hard sailing and they are a bugger to seal properly. The aluminum
frames that hold the glass are very well built but super high in labor to refit
. Finally got ours done properly but it was a lot of work. Our 425 seems to do very well in trade wind
sailing, our Atlantic crossing
was 18 days and we had a half dozen 170 mile days. You are right about light air which is the weakest point. Like you we have put too much money
into ours but in the end we are still very happy with it.