It sounds like you are already committed mentally, you just want to be sure.
With a Prout the price
only deteriorates with condition. most of my interior
is original, and a little dark, but lighter carpetting (cats are carpetted, mono's are wet) has helped, and we've added throw overs that double as blankets, again in lighter colours.
berth is huge, honeymoon size!, which is great for marina use and only needs decent venetian blinds for the front windows, and curtaining for privacy from passers by and crew mates. The hull berths are all comfortable for three pairs of good companions although the front bunk is reckoned to be a bit lively in some sea conditions. We've added light weight doors (thin ply) for additional privacy, well worth it for night visits to the head
We also added an additional step at the rear of the nacelle which houses the grab bag and shore cables
and makes movement around the boat much less stressful, at sea and in the marina. That nacelle is not sealed at the rear bulkhead, I'd recommend you add some builders foam as rain can drive in, or drain into that closed space through gaps in the helm
Sailing the boat is a joy, not fast, but so safe. Guests are never stressed, even when I'm thinking of reefing. Novice
brother and wife expressed their comfort and the feeling of safety
aboard. That was in f6 conditions with a tangle in the genoa
reefing that meant dropping the sail! So far the grandchildren girls 4 and 6 haven't been to sea, the grandson at 10 loves it, leaping all around, every corner of the deck
space, always in his life jacket. Single handing is becoming more attractive now I've got some experience and have probably retired. I've reached the age, just expected to be working for a few more years yet.
The main sail is now on single line reefing at the first reef. A thin cord run through the eyes draws the sail down nicely and evenly, the eye at the front corner fits to a hook and can the halyard
can then be pulled tight again. Reefing cord are then sealed off.
We did have single line reefing on the second reef but the lengths of line involved caused too many tangles and issues.
The only issue I'm aware of is that the rear bulkhead can be abused at the doorways. Mine was double thicknessed up to 3 ft high by the last owner, I'd recommend that just to be sure, to be sure.
The real joy is when the wind gets up a bit. f4 to 5 ii is in it's element. Mono's are leaning, spilling wind, wives screaming, while we sail on, on an even keel
, and preparing a fry up.
Prout's will, in my opinion, out sail their crew so long as the crew don't put the boat in danger
You find lots of stuff on:- PROUT OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Worth a look though there's too much on his own his own experiences and cruises. he does have a lot of contacts and info but not as well sorted as The Cruisers Forum.