I am close to ordering a Balance 451, and I've got most of the specs set on the boat, but I'm having difficulty deciding on the engines.
; 30 HP vs 40 HP.
Cruising the web... a lot of people say the Volvo
problems and parts
are very expensive, but the Yanmar's sail drives are problematic. Info is not necessarily current
30 HP should generally be fine, but there are times you want extra speed under motor
. Seems to be about 200 Lbs difference in weight to upgrade the motors. I've already got about 400 Lbs for generator
and aircon... want to keep the boat reasonably light and 200 Lbs is pretty significant, given the specification of 18,500 Lbs light ship.
As a note: I'm pretty firm in my choice for Balance 451. It has enough space, it has dagger boards
, it is light &should be fast. Catana
: I don't like the exposed helm
: Too spartan. Seawind
: the 40' is too small and the 50' is too big. Balance seems about right for my needs.