Looking at the construction photos I would have to say three things about your first choice.
1st: the boat is cold moulded construction. A process professionals
use to build quality boats. It is not a timber boat as some have suggested.
2nd: It looks like who ever built it definitely knew what they were doing. ie. Professionally built. and
3rd: It doesn't appear to be a true replica Spray hull
nor a Roberts Spray hull
. The hull and keel
are too narrow and deep to be a replica and hull has too much shape for a Roberts although the bowsprit
is similar. (nice shape I must add.) So I can only assume it is someone Else's interpretation of the Spray design of which there are many.
The Spray design suffers from a very bad reputation because of Bruce Roberts
. There are a lot of very badly built steel
Roberts Sprays around that don't sail particularly well. However a well built Spray is a delight to own. I know. I own one and wouldn't trade
her. She has carried us thousands of comfortable miles over the past 10 years
She is comfortable, roomy and and a pleasure to sail. She is also admired by a lot of other boat owners who see her. Classic lines as well as comfort and stability.
Ours isn't a Roberts, the hull was lofted from Ken Slacks plans of the original Spray. The size was increase and constructed on a male mould similar to the process the one you are looking at would have been built. Although ours is foam sandwich construction not strip planked.
room that a Spray has is the equivalent to a boat that is much larger primarily because of the beam and the 7'+ head
room. An equivalent saloon
would need a boat of at least 60'.
We actually made the step up from a 40' Catamaran
because of the extra space, load carrying ability and stability at sea in adverse conditions.
The size of the advertised boat may be a little deceptive. LOA
should be the hull length. I would suggest that the 47' is the length including overhangs. ie the bowsprit
I just noticed the timber masts. They could be a deal breaker if their condition is suspect.
At $85,000 asking it could be a lot of boat for the money
Spirit of Sobraon