I just returned yesterday from a BVI Charter on the new Moorings 4000 so i have 1st hand recent experience.
overall i liked the boat and it sailed pretty well in my opinion but this is the first time i sailed a cat so i really have nothing to compare it to but here are my thoughts on performance. hard to tack, the first day we had to fire up the an engine
to help us push through the tacks. it seemed like everytime we thought we had completed the tack, without engines, weather helm
took over and pushed us back into irons. We were allowing the genoa
to backfill to help push us through the tack before releasing the sheet but it was not enough. 2nd day we found that if we basically released both mainsheets and let the mainsail
luff through the tack it worked fine but again maybe just inexperience with a cat.
The other issue we had is upwind performance on a port tack we could not get better then 45 degrees awa, on starboard we could maintain a 30 degree awa although SOG was considerably slower. reaching performance, especially beam reach was nice and fast.
The real issue i had with the boat was the aft sliding saloon
doors/windows, one of the latches
that locks the windows was broken when we arrived basically we could not lock the windows. The moorings did a repair but after sailing up to Anegada
and back with a bit of a beam sea the rocking motion loosened up the repair and the latch was broken again and the windows could slide back and forth with the motion of the boat. If i wanted to keep them open to allow a breeze through the boat i basically stuff a rag in the track to hold the windows open. I think it's a matter of cheap latches
. I found the front door of the locked down nice and water tight, we did take a few seas over the front and no water made it into the saloon.
we had a couple of leaking hatches, one was the one over the aft table/cockpit which allowed a fair amount of water in and the other was in the main owners cabin
which is directly over where our heads were when we slept. in a heavy rain all the water from the roof would basically funnel off the roof directly onto that hatch
so it sounded like a faucet was turned on over the hatch
and that amount of water then produced a leak. Nothing like drips of water falling on your head/pillow in the middle of the night. had to rig a small tarp from the helm
seat to prevent water from running directly onto the hatch.
We also had problems the the Raymarine
not responding all the time. Sometimes the touch screen
would just not respond at all and the manual control panel
beside it never worked. Thank goodness i downloaded the RayControl app for my ipad
, it worked everytime.
So even with all that, still had a great charter experience and like the boat overall. Maybe it's just because it was abused a bit on a previous charter that it had so many little problems.