I would be happy to reply, have to think about this a bit. Nothing obvious comes to mind, however, there are things that can be discussed. First and foremost, after cruising this boat full time for nearly three years, I still have to say she is outstanding. I have made many many upgrades over the past 3 yrs and access to all systems is excellent. I even found that the way Wauquiez puts the backstay together, it is already insulated at the top and fit to glass on the stern...so...saved me quite a bit of time and money
when installing my SSB
and using the backstay as the antenna
. Worked great.
OK. Issues. Well...one known one is the shower
'pan' in the head
. The entire head
compartment sits above a bilge
that is glassed in with joiney on all 4 sides. As far as I can tell the floor pan in this compartment was fit to the joiney with screws (?). Well...after 20 yrs...this let go and the pan went down a couple of inches into this void. I kept using it...had to...and so water fill up down there. I eventually cut a hole in the bottom of the pan and put the shower sump
pump there. Works fine, but this really needs to be address. The entire bilge is glassed, so I am not concerned with rot
. Still ...something needs to be done. I was able to cut lengths of PVC tubing to shore up the pan by sticking them underneath. That works fine. What I need to do is drain and dry that area, then fill it in with some West System.
As far as construction issues...I really do not see any. Honestly. The CB has worked well and been fine...no maintenance
at all...the cable is perfectly fine. I did read that one boat re-fit the cable with dyneema
or some other high modulous line, rather than wire rope
and that this seems to be working well. I have found that there is not much need to use the CB much. The keel foil is very well designed and the boat can sail to 30*off the apparent wind
. Fine by me.
I will think more about construction...but honestly....these boats are thought out and built so well...nothing comes to mind right now.
Rounded bilges...can make for more rolling, I can see some advantage to newer designs that have the bean brought further after and have flatter bilges to the boat. However, these flatter sterns almost always exhibit hull slap at anchor..annoying...whereas the Hood is very gentle and very quiet.
: is a bit more narrow than new boats and thus a little more effort to get around. However....she has LONG cockpit
benches that are wide enough to make comfy berths to sleep on. An advantage. You could always fit a foldable steering wheel
at the helm
Afer cruising and living aboard
a bit, a wish list:
A hard or semi-hard enclosure for the cockpit or hard dodger
. Can be fit to the boat.
Swim platform would be nice, not sure this design is really amenable to one, but a small 18"x18" one can be fit to the stern...that might be good enough.
Roller furling mainsail
or at least get a Strong mast
track. I have had no issues getting the main up and down or reefing...but this would be nice. Very nice.
BIGGER PROP. Boat came with a 17x12 2 blade
, I fit a 16x11 3blade sailor prop....now would just get a 17x12 3 blade
Bigger fuel tank
...however I did just fit a second fuel tank
in the starboard cockpit locker that works GREAT. I made a manifold at the primary fuel filter
whereby I can turn on the flow from that tank, use it as a day day or fill the primary tank from it...or use it to run the engine without the need for a fuel lift
pump (it sits higher than the engine). This along with fuel
I carry in jugs in the forward bow locker gives me a total of 80gal now. That is all I want.
Would like to make a helm
seat that sits higher up. I am sure it can be done, not sure how easily or cheaply. Perhaps a couple of those seats that fit to the pushpit..but they are $250 each. Most often...I just sit on 3 boat cushions
Things I really like:
Second head in the aft quarter cabin
...I never use it, but could. Great to have a back up head. Yes, would be very nice to have a second head compartment for guests, however, never has been an issue and I would not want to take away space from the boat for this.
Head room in the aft qtr cabin! I captained a new Hunter
49 for a couple weeks. Could not believe how poorly this boat was designed. The two aft cabins had generous sleeping berths, but they were coffin like with the overhead down at your nose practically. The overhead in those cabins was multi-level (since it is the deck of the cockpit) and so you ALWAYS were hitting your head maneuvering around in there.
The huge sleeping berth in the forward cabin
Stowage on the boat. AMazing. Even compared with a new Hunter
Good turn of speed. PHRF of 129, so this boat moves. It IS true...when cruising you motorsail A LOT....maybe even 80-90% of the time....however....the more power you can get from the sailplan, the less fuel you consume and the more distance you can cover faster. I always need to sail 65-70nm from Lake Worth
to the bottom of Key Biscayne. That can be a long long day with a 5-8ft beam sea. The faster the better. And...in winter...you have 10 hrs of daylight, instead of the 12 or more you have in summer.
Just enough teak
...any more teak
than the handrails, coaming and companionway
and it would be a bother.
Long flat decks. Whew. SO nice.
Rig....still like how many rigging
options this rig gives you. I am still finding new ways to rig my sail handling lines. Two line slab reefing was simple to put in.
Still like the way the nav station is arranged on this boat.
Well.....not sure how much I am contributing....so let me stop here and perhaps we can discuss this further.
After 3 yrs of living aboard
full time, I still love this boat. Not sure what my plans are from here, not sure I can even keep her...depends on what I will be doing. But she is still very comfy to me and I am still living aboard...in Hobe Sound right now.
All the best and Merry Christmas