China Moon has undergone a few changes since the photos you have seen on this thread, but she remains essentially the same robust very capable cruising boat.
She now has a sitting height cuddy over the bridge deck
hatches, and an instrument binnacle/table in the centre of the cockpit
, with radar/plotter.
And I'm playing with a large laminated hoop over the area behind the cockpit
to guide the sheets
out of the cockpit.
She now has a matched pair of yanmar
30 HP diesels.
She has a new set of sails
in blue acrylic canvas
, and a new coat of paint
(on the subject of paint
: I tried to use a highly recommended single
pack paving paint which was awful to apply, and gave poor coverage. Eventually I reverted to the two pack Jotun system that had previously been applied. This was easier to apply, no more expensive, and gave great coverage. I love it.)
The rig is quirky to the uninitiated, but very easy to use once understood.
Berths: 2 doubles installed, the captains cabin
next to the nav station in the stbd hull
, the other in the stern cabin
behind the dining saloon
in the port side, with provision for one (3rd) other double in the corresponding position stbd. The dining saloon
has two comfy single
berths. And there's plenty of deck
space for sleeping mats/bags, and of course for a hammock between the masts.
is superb, and she's a very comfortable boat to live on, not least because of the double skin with insulation
between. She has plenty of storage
, so its very easy to take too much stuff....
I always say that she is 4 tonnes dry, but I have not measured this.
What would I add, or change? not sure. I'm thinking about cambered sails
with stiff rather than articulated battens, but these work so well that i think I can wait.