Interesting day. We looked at four boats. We started with the Hylas 49's - two of them. We thought they were beautiful, quality-built boats but felt tight for us to live aboard. So we went to see a Hylas 54 deck salon
. Wow. What a spacious, gracious-feeling vessel. We would have to give up the idea of doing very much on the intracoastal re. Height and draft
but hey, it's sailing we want.
We also went onto the Stevens 53. Whoever said it was meant to be a charter
boat was certainly correct. It has a giant, very very deep ladder-accessed bow "locker" with two pipe-berths, a head
and a sink. I don't think it was intended as a place to park your kids
. Also, while the cockpit
is HUGE, there is minimal locker space - literally nowhere for fenders, dock lines, buckets etc. the interior
is also huge. No wonder - this boat has the freeboard of a much MUCH larger boat. All-in-all interesting but too strange ( and homely) for us. And has to be a coastal boat with the 80' rig, shallow draft
, self-tacking jib
, high freeboard etc.
We thank you for you insights and look forward to more suggestions. R & H