Greetings. Having owned a 85 model for most of 10 years and traveled some 2000 miles in the USA an 3500 in the Med (2500 of that over 5 months) I can make a few observations. Jan and I faced 2 serious squalls in her with never a moment of concern about the boat. I worried a bit about the Starboard engine
because at that time, it was operating on a cooling
system more or less patched together with bandaids. So since it started instantly, I shut it down when I did not need it and tried to keep it headed a bit to port. In short, the 10M is not a pounder or slammer but don't overload the ends . Particularly if you are also more or less over loading the boat.
6 ft waves or more. Very little pounding or hobby horsing. The 10 M is not the same boat as the 8 or 9. It has much more freeboard. the weakness of the boat"
It is almost invites overloading the ends. With an abundance of big lockers at each end it is easy to put to much weight in them - particularly on such a thing as an Around the world trips. And overloading invites hobby horsing and the banging around that brings. Add a heavy dingy hanging out over the stern does not help either.
Window leakage. this boat has an abundance of wonderful windows the really vent well. All those window cutouts invite a bit of flexing of the upper hull that loaded the glass area with the need for permanent sealing to reduce the flex. But the nearly 30 years of sun and drying has caused the old fiber based window caulking to shrink and crack and allow more flexing causing more loosening ( and leaking). It is a major very time consuming job to clean the glass well enough to insure high strenght re-attchment of new sealing materials needed to result in permanent waterproofing. That is where and why the rain water gets in. (by the way, I have seen old Prouts that seem to have lost
a lot of their window area to amatuer attemps to seal them too.
And they badly need feathering props it you want to sail to the wind
. Yes the shallow (3ft) draft
lets her slide more than I like but but feathering props add at least 15 degrees to your windward ability.
Bottom like. For a poor man, it is nearly imposiible to beat a 10M for nasty seas day after day.
Of course, I find 50- 60 mile days and a restaurant in the evening mixing with the locals with a week or two now and then to visit an areao take all the time I can find to be aboard.
Remember a 30 year old boat is about like a 30 year old car. Not very modern. Wiring
will look like a pasta kitchen after a food
fight. Most systems will be obsolete or fixed wrong. "Serendipity" had a 6 gal residential hot water heater -hookup up wrong, A refrigerator
and an autopilot
that was about unserviceable, leaking hydraulic steering
, headlining needing replacement, old old mattresses, floors that were original, etc .etc. If you find one for under $120,000 do not assume a lot is not wrong and needing immediate attention. My parts
and materials bill alone exceeded $60,000 and I am good at buying
what the big Marine
suppliers list for $1000 for around $700.