I've never owned a Privilege but from observation, inspection
and reading numerous posts from those who do, the only criticisms seem to be:
1. Performance (but again, on a heavily loaded, long-distance cruising cat that my not be as important as the solidity of the structure).
2. Headliners - the glued on vinyl headliners tend to sag and need replacement on the the 37s and 39s.
3. Elevated fixed ports
in the saloon
- these do not permit
forward vision without standing. Again, not a huge
thing - on the other hand, it is not only nice to be able to see forward when down below, it is
4. Curved fixed ports
are very difficult (read expensive) to replace.
That's about it. As to the relativey narrow beam on the Prouts, yes it tends to reduce athwartship stability. On the other hand, it increases the resistance to pitchpoling, it reduces the impact of waves beneath the bridgedeck, it provides for a very strong structure (no racking/twist), it makes it easier to find docking
and haul-out facilities, it facilitates tacking and, the center of gravity was kept low and the rig was designed to lower the center of effort on the sails
so as to reduce the risk of capsize
Finally, while I do not own a Prout I do have what is commonly referred to as the 'Prout rig' - a cutter
with the mast
stepped at the boats most solid point - the aft bulkhead. I personally love the rig as:
- it gives you a ready staysail/storm jib
(with the center of effort moved in, as should be the case in heavy conditions;
- if has all lines leading to the cockpit
without a slew of turning blocks etc.
- it reduces the size of the mainsail
so that it is very easy to raise, reef and handle.
- it is a good downwind rig.
- it is a very strong rig.
- it lowers the center of effort of the sail plan.
- the large foretriangle lead to easier tacking.